The High Sierra, Wildflower Color

P1040823Along our various walks, we joked that we would not get tired, for every 10 paces there was some stunning vista or dazzling wildflower to enjoy and photograph.  The guide book would estimate a one mile hike around Rock Creek Lake would take one hour; We took two.  Bodie State Historic Park could be strolled through in two hours; We took four.  Over a series of blog posts, I will provide some of those colorful wildflowers which we came upon on our walks in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.

P1040878Of course, capturing the image is one task, identifying each flower is another.  Fortunately, several of the places that we visited had well-stocked gift shops with shelves of field guides for every variety of flora and fauna which one might seek.  Having the full-set of Torrey Peterson guides at home, I was hesistant to purchase another on wildflowers of the west.  Then I came across the Lone Pine Wildflowers of the Eastern Sierra and Adjoining Mohave Desert and Great Basin.  There shall be more trips this way in the future.

P1040876I like the organization of the book, as it starts with a Quick Key of 19 pages of thumb-nail photos arranged by color, which directs you to the likely flower which you photographed. If that page reference does not seem quite right, the index will let you know the variations of the flower, such as ten types of Penstemon or seven types of Lupin.  Then, each region from the Desert to Steppe to Mix-Forest to Apline climate-elevation regions have listing of flowers found there.  Thus if color does not work, start thumbing through the type of region where your hike occured.  Rock Creek Lake and Devil’s Postpile hikes were in Mixed-Forests, while Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake were in the Steppe (or even Desert) regions.

P1050021I thought that I might do a similar blog series on trees we came across.  However, my brother-in-law and I mostly had this expression when we tried to identify bark, needles, and pine cones.  Enjoy the flowers.

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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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3 Responses to The High Sierra, Wildflower Color

  1. KerryCan says:

    That sounds like a wonderful book–so sensible in organization! The photo of your brother-in-law made me laugh!

  2. This will be fun. I’ve been reducing our books for years, but field guides are the ones I can’t hand over to the local library. They are just too handy.

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