If you haven't noticed the abundance of wildflowers where you live, it's time to start looking. They're everywhere! I went on a hike and got as close as my point and shoot would allow.
Here is some of Northern California's bounty:
This fuschia blackberry flower was my favorite- they are almost always white, but this was the black sheep of the bush.
When I lose my hiking buddy, he's usually lagging behind trying to capture a new flower with his micro lens.