The first two shots compare a rocky area I routinely take pictures of when hiking. Flowers were going strong in late May of 2008; they were barely blooming yesterday.
The photos for this second area, a little farther down the hill where the paintbrush is blooming fairly well, aren't taken from exactly the same angle, but they nevertheless show a similar phenomenon: the flowers this year are so far not as far along as they were in mid-late April of 2009. We didn't get our usual April hot spell this year, which maybe is what got things going so well last year.
NOTE: Comparisons are more for the hiker's entertainment than for anything else, and taking pictures at the upper rocky area provides said hiker with incentive for going up the hill.