Small Bluebells, Long-flowered Lungwort, Trumpet Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora
It was still quite cold in the Spring Creek canyon today with patches of snow remaining in the heavier brush off to the sides of the trail and the wildflowers this year are blooming two to three weeks later than most years, but it was so nice to be hiking on a back-country trail again. Although I can’t hike all of this trail today, I will later and it leads into the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area where the headwaters of the creek form on the southern slope of Big Hole Peak.
As the weather here has warmed a bit more toward a more normal April, more species of wildflowers have begun to appear. Here are a few more species making their appearance, including one that I have not before noticed or identified; another member of the Saxifrage family (sure wish these were larger).
Oregon grape ~ Berberis aquifolium
Redstem Stork’s bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium
Although the weather has been rather cool, wet and with snow forecast again for this weekend, the wildflowers are managing to bloom pretty much on schedule. At the bottom end of Munson Creek near the footbridge a few Trilliums are blooming today. A little further up the trail some Glacier Lilies have emerged.
Western White Trillium, Trillium Ovatum
Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum
Another mile up the trail and no flowers have appeared yet, but the lichen are doing well after a cold winter in the canyon.