With the temperature headed for one hundred today, early morning was the only time for a short hike and yesterday’s post on Jomegat’s Weblog reminded me that the Pipsissewa are starting to bloom, an event I would hate to miss. The wildflowers don’t mind the heat, especially along a wooded canyon trail. There were other flowers in bloom as well.
Great shots of some hard to photograph flowers! I can imagine how many knots you tied yourself into to get the pipsissewa shot, because I just went through the same thing the other day.I’m surprised by how much your Liverleaf wintergreen flower looks like our shin leaf (Pyrola elliptica.) I like the coralroot-something I haven’t found yet.
Yes, pipsissewa is very shy. The coralroot is just beginning to bloom and the plants seem very small this year but plentiful. I saw about two dozen plants, more than I’ve ever seen in one area before. Today’s selection came from about 3/4 mile of trail.
I find the wildflowers very exciting too. I’m constantly in awe of them. It’s very interesting that we share some of the species! THere is a web site here that gives me good distribution of plants for the U.S. but not for the rest of the world. I wish it did.
Fantastic serie of flowers ! I especially like the little Twinflower, common here in Sweden and Scandinavia . In Sweden their name is Linnéa … Named after the Swedish botanist and 1700´s explorer Carl Von Linné or Carl Linnaeus … // Maria
Apparently the Cree Indian tribe here believed that the leaves of the plant contained a substance that would dissolve kidney stones and they called it “pipisisikweu”, their word which means “it breaks into small pieces”. It’s a strange little plant which keeps its blossom always pointed at the ground.
It feels rare. We had only one day of it last year and none the previous two. Actually here at our house we have only seen 99 so far this year. The little town about 5 miles away hit 105 yesterday which was a new record. I remember back in the 50′s a couple of 100 degree days, both associated with changing a flat tire.
I hope you’ll excuse my laughing at your hundred degree days with a flat. Reminds me of one very hot day in the Trans-Pecos with a broken belt. Ah, those memorable times. But I’ll tell you what – some of these names are just as memorable. Sugar scoop. Nodding onion. Those really are great. The flowers are pretty, too! I can see why you’d want to go hunting the Pippsissewa!
Hot weather and flat tires always go together. If it’s not my tire, it’s someone else’s.
Some of the flower names are pleasant and enjoyable, others not so much. Pipsissewa not only has a beautiful and unusual flower, but also that wonderful name.
The harebells are my favorite … they grow wild here, too, usually on the hillsides by the lakes or the edge of the trees and the sides of the roads. I found some at a gardening store and added them to my perennial garden this year so that I can always see and find them.
100º … oh my … I think you need to head to the cold water lake you shared with us in your last post and hang out for the day.
Thanks Maureen! The Pipsissewa is a favorite of mine too. They are very plentiful this year along the Spring Creek trail.
I hardly ever use a tripod, partly because of the extra weight on my pack and partly because wildflowers are usually so close to the ground that it’s more effective to use the “nose in the dirt” technique. I’ve even tried using a 3″ bolt that acts like a camera support but gave that up. Right now I’m developing a very small tripod that I can use as a support against a tree for those dark canyons where you have to have a slow shutter speed. I think of it as a “tree pod”.