a stroll through the meadow
Another “Botany romp” a name I’m borrowing from a comment to the previous post. We were close to the same area as before, but exploring a delightful meadow this time.
(All of these images were taken June 11th, 2018)So many botanical treasures, it was extremely difficult to narrow things down to a reasonable level to post. A field full of buttercups and Camas lilies, just for starters.
This is only a small sample of the field in bloom.
A view at the edge around the meadow.
A very busy little bee visiting this wild rose.
From this location we looked up at the dead and aged trees that still stand from the Biscuit Fire (2002).
There are so many similar looking varieties of Paintbrush (Castilleja) that I’m not even going to try to pin this one down.
A female Bluebird who didn’t let us get close enough for a good portrait. She’s a bit more drab than her male counterpart with his bright blue feathers.
Looking up at a Fire Lookout at the top of that ridge. We’re thinking that the Firefighters might have set a back burn going down the hill to protect the building and to help contain the fire. That slope below and behind it looks pretty bare, though quite a few trees at the edge of the meadow seem to have suffered minimal damage.
Some diminutive violets scattered here and there.
An Elegant Cat’s Ear (Calochortus elegans). I find these fuzzy ones fascinating, but they’re so tiny in this area that they’d be very easy to overlook.
Even the Chipmunks seemed smaller than usual.
I seem to find the white flowers to be the most challenging because there are so many similar ones.
Pacific Coast Irises (Iris innominata).
Another one from the Iris family… Idaho blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium idahoense)
This lovely cool, clear water stream ran through the meadow at some point.
You could tell where the water flowed by the clumps of pitcher plant flowers showing above the meadow grasses.
This cute little fellow seemed to be enjoying a small pond.
Another unidentified white flower.
I’m guessing this is a Spring Azure Butterfly (Celastrina ladon). It was a challenge to catch it as it flitted from flower to flower, even more so to identify it.
(Corrections gratefully accepted.)
This looked like some wildly confused bunch of grass – didn’t know which way to go.
New growth on Conifers.
More leaf tips decked out in colors. This time in red.
Another example of Bear Grass, this time it’s more fully opened up.
I can’t seem to resist the look of the sun shining on the lacy Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata)
Finally we found this cool little spring heading on the way down the hills.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.
― Edward Abbey,