Whine all you want how barren it is out on the trails and I will say you aren’t looking hard enough. Maybe they’re not the jaw-dropping show-stoppers of May, but there is plenty to see in the notoriously late-blooming aster family.
If you need a review of the family I wrote about it last year. Quick recap, Asteraceae is a weird family, with members having ray flowers (like a dandelion), disc flowers (like sagebrush) or both, like a daisy or sunflower. We’ve got a bit of everything out there now, but most are discoid, the least glamorous but most ubiquitous.