Saw it while out jeeping
Below the forest along Saddlebag Lake...
Cool, little solitary paintbrush.
Extraordinarily small willow. Actual wooden branches on closer expection.
Host plant for Colias behrii. Covers big meadows like carpet.
These guys and gals were all over the Ranger's button. Mating pairs. Lots of species up here look like these.
The flowers were rather spent. Cool plant.
Got my first needle counting class...
Couldn't stop smiling when someone showed me this.
In the wet seep. Majestic, towering plant.
Female. Slightly duskier than rubidus.
Male. Stops you in your tracks on the path. Electric orange tinfoil.
My friend with me Paul Johnson, herpetologist at Pinnacles Nat. park, says the Yosemite Toad also has a strip down the back.
Paul showed me the unique markings on the thorax from Manolis's guide.
Yellow petals extend beyond pink sepals.
A unique shade of yellow...
The equivalent of our Coyote Mint.
We were out exploring in our jeep and came across this rather unusual finding out to 9400 feet elevation. We didn't know that rattlesnakes could live at such high-altitude.
While we were out traveling in our jeep we stopped to admire the view from the top of Copper Mountain (Elevation 9468 feet) Just west of Mono Lake in California. Our dog was very interested in a loud buzzing noise coming from underneath a bush. We went to investigate and found a very large Great basin rattlesnake. We didn't know that rattlesnakes lived at such a high elevation. Unfortunately we did not have a camera with us.