Happy Independence Day Eve!
Normally I post about Mineral King on Fridays, but this week I will be silent on Friday because you will be busy and so will I. So, you get to read about Mineral King on Thursday. Hope you are feeling flexible.
Trail Guy and I took a break from our labors around the cabin (Is knitting a labor??) for a walk. No packs, no water, no snacks – just a walk. He wanted to visit his favorite flower, which has popped into bloom a little early this year since spring came early to the mountains.
This is not his favorite flower – this is Crimson Columbine.
This is not his favorite flower either. I don’t remember seeing it before. I don’t know what it is.
This is not Trail Guy’s favorite flower either. The color is washed out here, but it is Wild Blue Flax. I took this photo because this was taken in June, and normally this flower doesn’t appear until August.
This Mariposa Lily might be Trail Guy’s second favorite flower. It is one of the few white flowers that I’ve bothered to learn, because usually I think white flowers are boring.
This is one of my favorite views, but it rarely photographs well and has never looked good enough to paint.
This is an almost invisible little bitty purplish blue flower that our friend Sue got all excited about. She called it an “Alpine something-or-other”. I’ve never seen it before and don’t think Sue had either.
LEOPARD LILY AKA TIGER LILY is Trail Guy’s favorite wild flower.
They smell very very fragrant. Trail Guy thinks if it could be bottled, the bottler would be a zillionaire.
Indian Paintbrush grows at most elevations. This is one of the best ones I’ve ever seen.
I love penstemmon, particularly this purply-blue version. I don’t know its real name.
This blog post got long. I’ll tell you about the rest of our walk next Friday.