Perhaps in another year or two I will visit the Thompson Peaks again to view the progress of renewal. In the mean time, here is a sort of medley of views from the top of the peak and the flowers found throughout the area, shown in no particular order.
I would also like to know more about these mountains. Nearly all of the rock I see is sedimentary and was probably raised by “thrust faulting”. This site gives a little explanation, but doesn’t get into specifics.
The renewal process is well under way and little trees are coming up all but the hottest burning locations. Some of the isolated places that escaped most of the heat have already recovered quite well and will help the renewal of the whole forest. I loves seeing the flowers and many of the small plants that have already returned and the sign that the area is being used by wildlife, with deer, elk and moose tracks and dropping of coyotes along the trail.
Oh that’s wonderful… Especially seeing those signs of the more advanced wildlife returning to these formerly devastated areas! The ranger service should be using you and your images to track this progress!!
The combination of the soft beauty of nature vs. what appears to be the harshness of it, is a thing of beauty in itself, and truly stunning views. Gorgeous photos, as always. I’m so glad you’re out there, visiting these places, taking their photographs, and sharing them with us. Your view of the world expands my own and I thank you.
I’m glad that you enjoy seeing these places Teresa! I am drawn to visit and explore them and when I do it seems that I wish everyone could see what I’ve seen. With each trip I understand more of how it all works and just how splendid it really is.
It’s good to see that so many insect species have already colonized the area. Whatever the interrelationships are they have apparently been reestablished. I was amazed to see that the small huckleberry plants were already bearing fruit too, which is also a help to the insects and wildlife.
The berries in that photo are actually from a dwarf huckleberry. I was surprised to see it so plentiful already in the badly burned areas and especially surprised to see so many berries already on it. Seems to me that will really help the recovery!
You know, I don’t think cranberries are even grown here at all. I’ve hear that there are a lot of huckleberries ripe right now but there sure haven’t in the places I’ve visited. These dwarf plants had quite a few, but they are small and I didn’t pick any.
That’s the way I feel about this wild country too, Stacey!
I know exactly what you mean about those college bills! The prices have just gotten up to a terrible level and the college debt is out of control. I think that common sense has been sacrificed to political correctness and in many cases greed, and our kids their parents are bearing the costs of it.
This might just be your most stunning collection yet! So many favorites in this group, hard to narrow it to one or two. The goldenrod in front of the fireweed is very striking as is the bug (a “true bug” with a shield on its back) on the pearly everlasting.
BTW, the one that’s labelled “cushion buckwheat” looks more like a spirea to me, but I can’t see enough of the plant’s form in this image to be sure.
What?! Thirty-six degrees. My goodness. One more bit of evidence that we live in a very large country, indeed. It was wonderful to see the water flowing in one of your photos, and I’m just entranced by that “whatever” on the pearly everlasting. He’s quite the fancy bug. Overall, I think my favorite is the 5th photo down. The vista’s magnificent, of course, as is the composition, but one reason I like it so much is that it reminds me of the paintings done by a Western explorer. Unfortunately, I can’t remember his name just now – makes searching a little difficult. But the photo’s wonderful.
We are getting into the time of year when any kind of weather can be expected. I just tucked a down vest in my pack again. Friday I was hiking on a high trail, the temperature was in the 40′s with a stiff wind blowing and it was cold! Glacier even had a little snow a few days ago.
Nearly all of these mountain peaks would inspire an artist I’m sure. I’ve seen them for over 60 years now and I’m always in awe.
That water flow is part of the headwaters of a stream that I fish quite often and so it’s pretty special to me. I’m so glad to see it still running well there even this late in the summer.
I think Muir’s statement is very true. I wish it were that way with people too! The Chippy Creek fire area has gotten a good start at renewal. Now there is an even larger fire from Idaho starting to burn into the southwest corner of Montana. At 300 square miles already, it is twice the size of Chippy Creek.