If you've visited this blog before, you know where this picture was taken. After the heat of the day passed, and after we talked to our loved ones, we decided to hit the canal trail. This was our first time walking in late afternoon. Personally, I prefer a morning hike; dodging banana slugs "streaking" across the path makes the hike more challenging then, too! The afternoon was still warm at 4pm when we started our walk. For the first time in the year we've been in NorCal, we were stalked by blood-thirsty mosquitoes. If we stopped moving, we got bit. I didn't realize it till too late, but every time I paused to take a picture, I got nailed. Anyone who knows me, knows that biting bugs love me. That feeling is not returned. I'll have those itchy bites for at least a week. Bleah!
Too bad it's nonnative and invasive.
Endemic to California, it's a Pacific Coast Iris (Iris hartwegii).