No, my blog hasn't turned porno! Above are the Blue Dicks. They are out everywhere on Mt. Davidson. And below is the mystery yellow daisy that I believe is Narrow-Leaved Mule Ears (Wyethia angustifolia). I found it at the same site where I found the Blue Dicks: the Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve photos.
I went up on the mountain before 9 am today and photographed these and other flowers. Here's some lupine:
There are a few others I haven't identified but none as striking as the Mule Ears.
In the last ten days I have noticed Painted Ladies everywhere--in the arboretum, on Mt. Davidson, even in my backyard. This one was sitting right next to the trail.
(Note: After a look at Art Shapiro's butterfly site, I realized I had witnessed part of the Painted Lady migration, because one day all the butterflies I saw were flying in the same direction. Next time I see that I will do a count and email it to the site--it's fun to read the "citizen-scientist" reports of migration observations.)