Tufted grass common at subalpine elevations
Lodgepole pine growing around 11,700 feet elevation on the west ridge of Mount Conness. This was the highest individual I noticed.
Below the forest along Saddlebag Lake...
It looked a lot like the Bay Area's Brownie Thistle.
Cool, little solitary paintbrush.
Upright flowers are pollinated by hawkmoths.
The botanist told me this is a hybrid between A. formosa and A. pubescens created by bees.
Right out of Laws High Sierra Field guide: this species carries the young on their back.
The 2nd Yosemite Butterfly Count was held this day. It started with a wicked spider.
Extraordinarily small willow. Actual wooden branches on closer expection.
Host plant for Colias behrii. Covers big meadows like carpet.
Another lifer. Literally appears only when trail crosses rockslides. A day full of fantastic sightings.
Did not realize I'd seen this till keying my shots. A lifer! Tough to find, but found it without trying...
Three of them hill-topping while we ate lunch. This species is now showing signs of the affects of Global Warning.
One of the most highly restricted ranges of any butterfly in North America. The Star of the Yosemite Butterfly Count. A Green Sulfur.
Paul Johnson told me John Muir made his sleeping mattresses from this tree as they are very dense and soft. Beautiful color.