DSC_4128, originally uploaded by jestrbob.
Flower identification can sometimes be difficult You can only carry so much gear and the Pinnacles National Monument is a not collecting area.
So all we can do is take pictures and drawings. Well, I never been able to draw very well. (it may have something to do with being left handed. Or maybe I have never applied myself to develop the skill). Anyway, I did see several neat and small flowers along the trail.
These guys were about mid-way up the slope (1200feet) and in the full sun. After a quick and careful scan of a couple books, I figured out is the bloom of Chia [Salvia Columbaria]