May not be ovalifolium... . Commonly seen at alpine levels (above 10,000 feet) . This one on top of Glen Pass, Kings Canyon NP. They hug the rocks to get as much warmth as possible at alpine elevations.
Tree frog, hippity hopping across the meadow
Skypilot, Polemonium eximium. Probably the most fragrant flower in the Sierra. Very short blooming period (early July) in Sierra above 11,800 feet -- seen on many Sierra passes. This one just below Glen Pass, Kings Canyon National Park, CA.
Just below Glen Pass, Kings Canyon National Park. Very showy composite almost always above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains.
Latin name: Hulsea algida A. Gray
Pronunciation: HUL-see-a AL-ji-da
Common name: Alpine gold hulsea
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Habitat: Subalpine to alpine fell-fields and talus slopes,
9000'-13,500', White-Inyo Mountains
Blooming period: July to August
Sierra Lily (Lilium kelleyanum), Bubbs Creek, Kings Canyon National Park at about 9,200 feet. These have a great fragrance -- we watched it slowly open as the sun hit the area on a cold morning.
California mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus californicus), buck, near Bullfrog Lake, Kings Canyon National Park. Several bucks hang out in the higher meadows (above 11,000 feet).
Adult and 3 chicks (not visible) near Bullfrog Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, CA, USA. One of the chicks later seen with a broken foot. I've seen Grouse in the same location for the last 20 years or so.
Mountain Yellow legged frogs and tadpoles in lower of two small pond at 11,200 feet, Bubbs Creek, Kings Canyon National Park, CA