The Flowers in bloom change as elevation changes and the season progresses.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Other flowers, like this mountain aster, bloomed on the dryer slopes. This semi-double bloom was a particularly attractive specimen.
Columbine is not fussy, it can be found in wet or dry areas.
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
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