|Pretty purple wildflowers on a trip to Yellowstone, May 2013|
If the Darby Canyon trip I posted about last week was the best wildflower excursion to date, then the trip we took to Yellowstone in May of this year is the first runner up. While we didn't see nearly as many varieties of wildflowers on this trip as we did in Darby Canyon, in many ways the ones we saw were more exotic. Yellowstone in May is a grand time to spot wildflowers!
About a dozen years ago, I became interested in heirloom tomatoes. Because of the variety of shape, size and color and especially taste, heirlooms became the norm for me and hybrids from the store began to look, seem and feel artificial. Last week, after our trip to St. Anthony's riverwalk, we drove back into town and I saw flower gardens with domesticated flowers and it struck me that they now looked artificial to me as well.
Yellow Avalanche Lily
|Yellow Avalanche Lily|
(Mountain Blue Violet)
Bonneville Shooting Star
|Bonneville Shooting Star|
This flower was spotted along the road to Petrified Tree while we were walking toward the bear sighting area. I don't remember ever noticing this type of wildflower before this day in May.
I had never seen one of these before. This may be the most exotic wildflower I spotted on the entire trip. I didn't know they even existed. Delightful. There were several of these along the road to Petrified Tree.
This was also spotted along the road to Petrified Tree. These plants are quite common in the greater Yellowstone area.
I have enjoyed discovering new wildflowers and photographing them. At least new wildflowers to me. I have endeavored to identify them correctly but recognize that I am not a botanist. In some cases the identification was the best guess based on the book and images I've found on the web.