First pika observation of the trip
Loud echoing pika call
I just happen to look back down the trail and a pika ran across. No time for photo. Not the same one that called earlier.
ranger's buttons next to John Muir Trail, Rae Lakes Loop
crimson columbine on the Rae Lakes Loop
mule deer buck lounging next to the Bubbs Creek Trail
Pine tree near the treeline at Big Pothole Lake
Tadpole. Genus confirmed by Vance Vredenburg, species inferred based on range.
some chirping, several others nearby
beautiful colorful aspens in Onion Valley, circa early 2000s.
Keersarge Pass. Date is approximate (sometime in June 2008).
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