While volunteering for the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District today pulling Meadow knapweed along the Right-of-Way, I saw a field (owned by the Greenbelt Land Trust) that was covered with these native pink-petaled beauties. Clarkia amoena is an annual in the evening primrose family named after Captain William Clark of the famed Lewis & Clark expeditions. According to Jim Pojar’s “Plants of the Pacific Northwest,” Clark’s name finally received due recognition, since many of the plants around here are named after his counterpart, Lewis! Amoena is latin for ‘charming.’ This pink-petaled primrose is also known as ‘summer’s darling’ and ‘herald-of-summer,’ names that refer to its tendency to flower in midsummer. These aliases warmly welcome the changing of the seasonal guard, rather than just slamming the door on Spring. The pinkish-purplish inflorescences perfectly complement the neighboring yellow blooms, Nature ever the seasoned artist, spinning the cones of my retinas like a kaleidoscope of color cartwheels.