Springtime flowers abound, and if you look closely, you will often see an insect there. That's the whole point of a flower, after all. It is late spring now, and many flowers are bright yellow or white, with a sprinkling of purple. New oak leaves show bright reddish purple, vying with the flowers for vividity. The leather oak, growing in the serpentine, is particularly interesting, sporting last year's acorn cups, this year's new yellow blossoms, and a carpenter ant exploring the new velvety leaves, browsing at the base of the leaves. What is she looking for? The showy yellow flowers of the non-native weedy hawksbeard attract a variety of visitors, including an iridescent green carpenter bee.