Sunday, July 09, 2006

Day 14818

As BluEyes mentioned on her blog, we enjoyed a pleasant day in Lassen Volcanic National Park. She suggested that I renew my blogging (Ahem, by my own free will) by posting some pics we took during the day.

I think I got my interest in wildflowers from my mom, who loves to garden. We used to occasionally spend an hour or two around the house I grew up in planting, watering, and weeding the gardens. I recall those memories as being quite peaceful and pleasant. Anyway, I took several photos of wildflowers today and what follows are some of them.

This first one reminds me of cotton candy. It was the size of a clover plant, but with fuzzy pink flowers. The bees, wasps, and dragonflies were all over these while I shot, but the best photo had no insect life.

The mostly blue flower in this next photo is my favorite. I don't know what this flower is, but it has a very unique shape. The purple-ish back end of the flower does not connect directly to the stem of the plant. Instead, the flower is attached to the stem in the middle. It is sort of oriented like a capital T.

This photo was obtained by pure luck. As we were cruising along, I would say to Miss Blu, "Stop!" whenever I saw something I wanted to shoot. One time, there was just no place to immediately pull off, so we coasted further up the road. The shot I intended to take was a flop, but to the left of us about 75 feet away were a cluster of 4 of these. Again, I don't know what kind of flower this is, but I have seen them before in Arizona. I thought they were from a yucca plant, but a search online yields an entirely different looking flower. I've got to pick up a book on wildflowers!

So, not everything we saw was pretty. This last photo was of a stream that appeared to have more mud and volcanic ash flowing in it than water. It was just a bunch of nasty smelling (from the high content of hydrogen sulphide) grey slop! The scary thing was that back in the day, this immediate area used to be a resort spa! It was called the Supan Sulphur Works. People actually paid money to take baths in the geothermally heated pools, which helped cover up their B.O. with the lovely scent of Deviled Eggs! These people probably also purchased really cheap land in Florida!

Well, we had a great day and I'm glad I got to share it with Michelle! Check out her site to see more pics.


Blogger ~Just Michelle~ said...

It was an AWESOME day!

The views were almost as good as the company was!


7:36 PM  
Anonymous Alison said...

Wow, you posted!

I have already been to Michelle's...

8:36 PM  
Blogger bhd said...

What is this, a stump the master gardener entry?

Not sure about the first pic. Totally stumped.

The second looks like some wild delphinium, or larkspur. Perhaps Delphinium menziesii.

The third might be groundcone. Look up Boschniakia rossica. It parisitizes other plants' roots.

And wow! Beautiful pictures as well as a mystery puzzle for me. Thanks!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Flower #1: Pussy Paw (I kid you NOT!)
(Calyptridium umbellatum)
Purslane Family
Grows in loose soil in coniferous forests.

Flower #2: Nuttall's Larkspur
(Delphinium nuttallianum)
Buttercup Family
Grows in well-drained soil in sagebrush deserts and open pine forests.

Flower #3: Snow Plant
(Sarcodes sanguinea)
Wintergreen Family
Grows in coniferous woods.

1:46 PM  
Blogger bhd said...

Cool! Thanks. I was using Pojar and MacKinnon, PNW native plants. Which is, of course, a handicap. The wintergreen framily plant did look somewhat familiar to the pink wintergreen we have around here, Pyrola asarifolia, though that has far less dense flowers.

Beautiful picks.

5:31 PM  

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