Bay Nature magazineSpring 2013


Naturalist’s Notebook: Spring Flowers That Change from Blue to Purple

March 29, 2013

John Muir Laws turns his naturalist’s eye and paintbrushes to the hound’s tongue, one of our early spring bloomers. It becomes a bit of an interrogation — why do the blossoms change color over time? How does it manage to bloom so early in its shady forest home?

Take a closer look at the plants and animals around you. What makes you curious?

Thoughts on hound's tongue, by John Muir Laws
About the Author

Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws is the author of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide. Learn more and find class schedules at

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