Monday, August 29, 2011

More Flowers Along My Way

The Flowers in bloom change as elevation changes and the season progresses.

Platanthera leucostachys

Two months ago the bog orchid was blooming near Mono Lake, at around 6500 feet.

Last week I found this example in a marshy area at 10,000 feet.

It is a tiny flower, each bloom less than 1/2 inch 
 with many on a stalk about a foot high.

Pedicularis Attollens

Smaller still are the flowers of another bog plant, little elephant's head.

Elephant's head is a larger but similar plant whose elephant shape is easy to see with the eye, this little flower needs the macro lens to appreciate the shape.

Dodecatheon alpinum

Yet another plant of the alpine bog is the aptly named "Shooting star".

My timing was off to get a picture, I was only able to find one example when I went out with my macro lens.

Lilium parvum

Yet another wetland flower blooming last week was the "Sierra Tiger Lily".
Though Calflora says it grows between 4000' and 8000' I found it at 10,000'.

Symphyotrichum spathulatum

 Other flowers, like this mountain aster, bloomed on the dryer slopes.  This semi-double bloom was a particularly attractive specimen.

Aquilegia formosa

Columbine is not fussy, it can be found in wet or dry areas.

Calochortus leichtlinii

The "Mariposa Lily" seems well adapted to dry slopes for that is where I usually find it.

These are a few of the flowers I saw last week in my world.  Find other views of our wonderful world at
Our World Tuesday


Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Those are wonderful wildflower photos. I am impressed with your knowledge of them. I have a hard enough time just ID'ing a bird.

Gaelyn said...

These are all gorgeous yet my favorite is the Tiger Lily. Used to see those in Oregon.

Sylvia K said...

Such delicate, beautiful flowers and such lovely colors! Terrific captures for the day, Martha!


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stunning flower pictures Martha and I am in awe of all you know about them.

Did you get the new link to the new generation of That's my World?

We are still at Fern Ridge Lake near Eugene. On clear days we can see one or all of the Three Sisters, east of us (toward Bend). When we just see one, I'm never sure which it is -- but the picture was one of them.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what gorgeous flowers!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great set of pictures - orchids are such strange and great flowers.

Most of ours flower in spring - so its going to be peak season soon.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Jackie said...

Stunning photographs of beautiful orchids and other flowers. I like the Elephant's Head especially, and the Mariposa Lily is really pretty.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm very impressed with your sharp eye and skill with your camera.

Arija said...

I love your alpine flowers. So good to see what is blooming in your altitudes. I wonder it Lilium parvum is anticipating global warming and moving higher up. The elephant's head is such a charming flower and your pictures are just gorgeous.

Thank you for sharing them with Our World.

katney said...

We found mariposa lilies in the coulees in June.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for introducing me to so many beautiful new wildflowers. Those elephant head blossoms are my favorites.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Our World Tuesday, I am delighted to be part of this community and look forward to sharing photos with you and getting to know your part of the world. Gorgeous flowers in your world :)

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eileeninmd said...

They are all beautiful wildflowers. What a pretty walk. Thanks for sharing!

forgetmenot said...

Your flower shots are lovely--such a colorful variety of beautiful blooms. Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

Adam Tilt said...

Great flower shots Martha. Just waving goodbye to a lot of our remaining flowers in a heavy storm. Adam @ My Life Outside

LauraX said...

I love them all, each delicate and unique.

sarah said...

I like the second and the fifth.
Wild flowers are cute and lovely color and structure is more complex than I thought.
Thank you for sharing.

EG Wow said...

I really like seeing the details of nature's marvels. Some of these flowers I recognize but the mariposa lily and the little elephant's head are new to me.

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Team G Square said...

What a marvelous post . thanks for sharing about these flowers .

Rose said...

These are all so beautiful!