|Garrett and his mother hiking through a wildflower meadow|
The Northern Rockies are a great place to see wildflowers. I had no idea there was such a great variety of wildflowers here. I have been interested in wildflowers for most of my life, but it was always something I put off learning too much about, waiting for someday to come. Someday is here and we've been enjoying the journey.
I viewed these specimens at the trailhead to Sheep Falls in Island Park, Idaho on July 7th, 2012. The Sheep Falls trailhead is found by turning on the first road after mile marker 369 on Highway 20, heading north towards Yellowstone. The dirt road goes for several miles through a lodgepole forest and the trailhead is a marked sideroad on the left. Many great wildflowers on this trail.
It is related to the snapdragon.
This specimen was photographed on the Darby Canyon trip
Wild Buckwheat comes in several colors including white, yellow, pink, purple and light blue. I hope to photograph all of it's varieties.
|Lewis Monkeyflower shrub|
This Lewis Monkeyflower was observed growing on the bank of the runoff stream at Howard Springs. It was abundant at the sight and I observed it again one year later at the same location. The wayside area of Howard Springs is a great place to observe wildflowers. I found the Lewis Monkeyflower growing next to Yellow Monkeyflower at this location.
Lewis Monkeyflower is so named for Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
This picture was taken at the same location, one year later.
I am enjoying this hobby. Like I needed another hobby.