Yes, those are grains of sand near the yellow flowers. Searching for wildflowers in the desert is a real challenge. Finding the best ones require parking the car, having hiking boots, water, a hat and sunscreen. And usually a walk on the wild side. Hiking in the desert this time of year means you have to keep your eyes and ears open for rattlesnakes as they are coming out of hibernation and love to sun themselves on the warm ground. But when I find little treasures like this it's all worth it. btw.... there's no common name for this cutie. But it is an "Eriophyllum wallacie" and is a member of the sunflower family.