A bit more reclusive than the large lupines in and above Lunch Meadow that grew in clumps and extensive stands; seemed to prefer privacy and dappled sunlight under the trees.
Easily the preferred nectaring plant during our visit for several butterflies; and happily, abundant.
Very abundant near Summit Creek.
i'm largely guessing about the species; they seem pretty similar.
I'm largely guessing about precise ID; one way or another there were 3 monkeyflowers along this small meadow as the creek slipped down to Lunch Meadow.
Sorry about the blur... These carpeted the south slopes for hundreds of feet above the meadow. A lovely lavender blush; quite resistant to my crude photography.
This one grew away from the wet area, but still basically on the meadow floor. Its folage seems distinctively different.
I was confused by the Lupines which I'll post today... This one grew in vigorous clumps right along the creek. Is this and the next two one variety that grows differently in places?
Picked up several in my hair at the Pepperwood Preserve the day before. Curiously, none fastened on for a blood meal. Think they'd be smarter....
Wonderful smelling stuff; but marked for destruction in the Pepperwood habitat restoration plans. To be sure, the vernal pools it was flourishing in were dried up to the point that no satisfactory extirpation was possible. The clumps were bracketed by beautiful webs of golden orb spiders. These were fat and sassy; with numerous bulging egg cases hanging nearby.
Hundreds of these fled before our steps in the dried grass on the way to some dried vernal pools where we were clearing pennyroyal. This one posed for me only after hopping into the web of a golden orb spider.
Working on a crew to suppress various invasives, we found a fine crop of these setting nets next to the abundant pennyroyal blossoms. Sorry to say, we may have ruined their hunting. There were still many small crickets--a few if these in the snares--so perhaps it won't be too bad.
Between Lunch Meadow and Brown Bear Pass I saw the usual red-flowered plants; and that in the second image which I took to be a variation on the same species... As you moved up the trail, the pale yellow form predominated. Or perhaps they are separate species?
Not a lot of Ferns on this hike; odd to see this clump about 9100' on the dry trail up to Brown Bear Pass.
Several, actually: Healthy, somewhat burdened by parasitic growth; and another long dead but still erect.
Another marginal shot... A fair number of these, but few willing to pose.
A poor shot; but the result of endless frustration chasing these beautiful devils... I saw hundreds of them on the trail; most busy looking for a mate.
Entirely absorbed in working the Elk Thistle.
Here seen in two views 'puddling' next to Summit Creek.