Every spring Smith Rock State Park bursts into a showy display of color as flowers make an appearance before the heat of summer.
 

While the rocks and wildlife get a lot of attention, take a moment to look closely at the high desert flora along the trails. They only hang around for a brief period though, usually for a few weeks of from late March into mid April. But sometimes lupine and rabbitbrush can keep flowering just into summer.  

And thanks so much Phillip Hays for letting us know what our "unidentified" plant was after 2 years. Check it out in the Gallery--the White Stemmed Fraseria. A real beauty!