Oh... the joy of seeing an unexpected treasure can bring such pleasure. Last week Dan and I camped at Chicken Creek, an old hunting camp with a creek and a beautiful meadow. The meadow is currently filled with wild flowers. The flowers in the meadow were ones that I expected to see, Wild Irises (Iris missouriensis), Slender Penstomen (Penstonmen gracilentus), Wild Geranium (Geranium caespitosum), blue-eyed Marys (Collinsia parviflora) among others. When I wandered over by the stream I got an extremely pleasant surprise... mountain bluebells (Mertensia ciliata). Mountain bluebells are in my Great Basin plant book, but I didn't think there were many of them around and I didn't think they would be in the Pine Forest range, but there they were, so pretty and delicate.