For a short time I thought about posting photos of all of the wildflowers I encountered on the trail to Pear Lake, but upon counting them and finding that there were 35 different species, I decided instead to just post two sets, leaving out many whose photos I have posted before including Glacier Lilies and Springbeauties which bloomed at the lower elevations months ago but are now in full bloom among the snowbanks that remain on the high ridge just before the trail drops down to Pear Lake.
Harebells, Bluebells of Scotland, Campanula rotundifolia
Clustered Thistle, Cirsium brevistylum
Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum
Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea
Pipsissewa, Prince’s Pine, Chimaphila umbellata
Ocean Spray, Holodiscus discolor (These are blossoming shrubs and their large clusters of blooms decorate many hillsides this time of summer)
The high country here especially along the Idaho border gets a lot of snow and on the lee side of the high ridges and peaks it will get 20 feet deep. The heavy forest there will shade it and it lasts nearly until the snow starts all over in the fall, releasing good cold water into the aquifer and the small streams all summer.
What great shots of these flowers! I love that pink wintergreen. I’ve never seen it or the ocean spray. I’m going to have to look up the one leaved foamflower and see if it grows here. I’ve never seen that one either.
There are a lot of wildflowers here that are unique to the northwest. I suspect it’s a function of the variety of elevations here, the short summers and the long, cold winters and despite the snow in the high country, we are very dry.
This is a good year for Harebells here. They are one of several flowers that are doing quite well. We seem to share quite a few of the wildflower species, possibly because of somewhat similar climates.
I love the harebells too. Here they are sprinkled all over the mountains, and I’ve never seen a concentration of them. I always look forward to finding Pipsissewa. It looks like something you might find in a candy store.
Now that you’ve shown us the Pearly Everlasting and mentioned it does well in dried arrangements, I’m wondering if I haven’t seen it dried. I always assumed everything that looked like artificial straw flowers were strawflowers, but perhaps not. And you’ve given us some creatures, too! in the harbell blossoms.
I haven’t seen a lot of Pipsissewa this year at least so far, and usually I see only a few of those wintergreens, but there were hundreds (perhaps thousands) of them along a mile long stretch of that trail. Quite a display!
Hi Montucky, I so enjoy seeing your flower photos! I like those Blue Bells! I think I have that Poison Hemlock here in the yard – but I think it also could be Yarrow. I have to have a better look and will decide – likely to get mowed down soon anyway. Have a really good Sunday tomorrow!
I get a lot of those backgrounds in my photos because they are often taken, as these were, in very low light conditions requiring the use of flash, which I tone down to avoid over exposing the delicate light colors of the petals.
My understanding of the name is that there are two variations of the species (and some think they are separate species) the one-leaved and the three-leaved. On the one-leaved, each leaf is all one piece. On the three-leaved, the leaf consists of three separate segments.
I’ve thought about it, Malcolm, but I suspect that the species that I’ve captured in photos is only a fraction of the species that are native to Montana and therefore I would have only a partial book. My wanderings have been limited to about a thousand square miles out of the one hundred forty seven thousand square miles of Montana. I would sure love to explore and photograph the rest though!
I instantly recognised the harebell and thistle, and have seen a few of the others before but am not really sure where. I’m particularly puzzling where I might have seen the pearly everlasting, and think it might have been as a dried flowers, which is a bit disappointing to me.
It is almost like you are still in spring, but there on the mountain. Lovely photos. I miss pearly everlasting. We had it where I grew up and I have tried planting it in my garden, both out here and when we lived in town–and every year it gets devoured by some kind of caterpillar.
The higher elevation there and the deep forest keep spring from happening until now. Today I was at a higher elevation, but in a drier area about 60 miles east and it was already summer there. I’ve noticed that pearly everlasting does attract a lot of insects.