I just love seeing your photos. The Lanceleaf Springbeauty is exquisite, and it’s fascinating to see its habitat, so close to the lying snow. The erythronium too is beautiful – we have some coming out in our garden (imported variety)!
The flowers in this post are blooming at about 5500 feet on a ridge where most but not all of the snow has melted just recently. There are thousands of them along the ridge top up to where there is still deep snow over the ridge. I remember when I first encountered them years ago it was in just such a place too.
The plants here have suddenly caught up to their usual blooming times now that we have had a couple of days with temperatures in the 80′s. The shrubbery has begun to bloom now and there are big white patches on the hillsides with bright orange splashes from the Arrowleaf Balsamroots.
That fear is one that I know well. For me it usually strikes with pipsissewa. Spring beauty is one of those plants that I recognize immediately when I see a photo, though I have never come across a plant in person.
I also have that feeling about pipsissewa every year. I would really miss them! Here though they are plentiful along some of the higher trails that I frequent in late summer when the snow has melted enough to make them hike-able so I’m almost sure to find some.
They sure are! The frightening thing is that the natural world is very complex in its various balances and we impact much of it with very little knowledge of what that causes. As Chief Seattle of the Duwamish said about 160 years ago:
“Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.”
The spring beauties have not blossomed here yet. We do have dogtooth violet, wild oats, and hobblebush now, red trillium is passing, and jack-in-the-pulpits are just eeking the heads through the soil. Lovely photos here.
Lanceleaf Springbeauty–some flowers have the most descriptive names and others just drab names. These little spring beauties are so delicate, sparkly, and colorful. I like the lighting on the Glacier Lily.
Yes, some flowers have very descriptive and flattering common names while others just don’t. The saving grace is though that “common names” are just that and vary greatly geographically. I guess we can choose to use the one we like best. I usually use a reference book published in British Columbia, a web site at the University of Washington and the USDA website. The USDA recognizes only one common name generally, while the other two often list several. The locals in this area often use something entirely different.
They really are lovely little blossoms. I think too that their blooming right up next to snow banks is an endearing trait although I don’t quite understand the strategy in that unless it’s just a guarantee of having plenty of water at the right time.