Washington - 2009 I - Orcas Is., Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens

In June 2009 we traveled to Washington and visited Orcas Is., Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens, Long Beach, and the Columbia River Gorge. I documented over 180 different wildflowers on the trip.
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1 Kenny and I went to Washington and Oregon from June 17 - July 1, 2009. We drove more than 1500 miles in those 2 weeks and saw Seattle, lots of plants, Puget Sound and Orcas Island, the Pacific Ocean, and four volcanoes. 
This was our second trip to th...

Kenny and I went to Washington and Oregon from June 17 - July 1, 2009. We drove more than 1500 miles in those 2 weeks and saw Seattle, lots of plants, Puget Sound and Orcas Island, the Pacific Ocean, and four volcanoes. This was our second trip to th...

Kenny and I went to Washington and Oregon from June 17 - July 1, 2009. We drove more than 1500 miles in those 2 weeks and saw Seattle, lots of plants, Puget Sound and Orcas Island, the Pacific Ocean, and four volcanoes. This was our second trip to the northwest, our last visit was in 1998 with our kids. I liked the poem on this Seattle Public Market street plaque, it says, I have always known at last I would take this road. But yesterday I did not know it would be today. by Japanese poet Narihara It sums up my love of travel! 1730
2 The Cascade mountain range has about 50 volcanoes, here 3 of them can be seen from the airplane as we flew home.  <strong>Mt. Rainier</strong> is the highest mountain in the range. <strong>Mt. Saint Helens</strong> is about 50 miles to the south and <s...

The Cascade mountain range has about 50 volcanoes, here 3 of them can be seen from the airplane as we flew home. Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in the range. Mt. Saint Helens is about 50 miles to the south and

The Cascade mountain range has about 50 volcanoes, here 3 of them can be seen from the airplane as we flew home. Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in the range. Mt. Saint Helens is about 50 miles to the south and Mt. Hood is located just across the Columbia River is northern Oregon. Mt. Adams would have been in the photo just to the left of Rainier if I had a wide angle lens on the camera! 5364
3 <strong>Hairy Cat's Ear</strong>
<em>Hypochaeris radicata*</em> / Aster Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

Hairy Cat's Ear was the first wildflower we saw from the plane, it is a very common plant in the west. It grows to around 18" and can color r...

Hairy Cat's Ear Hypochaeris radicata* / Aster Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Hairy Cat's Ear was the first wildflower we saw from the plane, it is a very common plant in the west. It grows to around 18" and can color r...

Hairy Cat's Ear Hypochaeris radicata* / Aster Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Hairy Cat's Ear was the first wildflower we saw from the plane, it is a very common plant in the west. It grows to around 18" and can color roadsides and yards with their golden flowers.


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4 <strong>Inside-Out Flower</strong>
<em>Vancouveria hexandra</em> / Family: Berberidaceae
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

I always study my books and the internet to learn about the plants and flowers that I may encounter while I'm traveling in a new ar...

Inside-Out Flower Vancouveria hexandra / Family: Berberidaceae Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I always study my books and the internet to learn about the plants and flowers that I may encounter while I'm traveling in a new ar...

Inside-Out Flower Vancouveria hexandra / Family: Berberidaceae Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I always study my books and the internet to learn about the plants and flowers that I may encounter while I'm traveling in a new area. There are usually some flowers that get my attention by either their looks or an odd name, I call them my "target plants"; this plant was one of those. I had seen Inside-Out Flower on our '98 trip, but I didn't get a good photo. I was happy to get a second chance when we stopped at Seward Park in Seattle shortly after we left the airport. It is an interesting-looking plant with an interesting name.


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5 <strong>Bittersweet Nightshade</strong>
<em>Solanum dulcamara*</em> / Nightshade Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

This wildflower is related to tomato and potato plants.

Bittersweet Nightshade Solanum dulcamara* / Nightshade Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This wildflower is related to tomato and potato plants.

Bittersweet Nightshade Solanum dulcamara* / Nightshade Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This wildflower is related to tomato and potato plants.


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6 <strong>Oceanspray</strong>
<em>Holodiscus discolor</em> / Rose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

This pretty shrub has sprays of fuzzy white flowers that brighten the roadsides and forests.

Oceanspray Holodiscus discolor / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This pretty shrub has sprays of fuzzy white flowers that brighten the roadsides and forests.

Oceanspray Holodiscus discolor / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This pretty shrub has sprays of fuzzy white flowers that brighten the roadsides and forests.


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7 <strong>Pacific Rhododendron</strong>
<em>Rhododendron macrophyllum</em>
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

This is the state flower of Washington. <em>Rhododendron</em> means "rose tree".

Pacific Rhododendron Rhododendron macrophyllum Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This is the state flower of Washington. Rhododendron means "rose tree".

Pacific Rhododendron Rhododendron macrophyllum Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This is the state flower of Washington. Rhododendron means "rose tree".


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8 <strong>Salal</strong>
<em>Gaultheria shallon</em>/ Heath Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

Unfortunately, the Cottonwood trees were shedding their seeds, so their white fuzz covered nearly <u>everything</u>, like these flowers. I quickly learned ...

Salal Gaultheria shallon/ Heath Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Unfortunately, the Cottonwood trees were shedding their seeds, so their white fuzz covered nearly everything, like these flowers. I quickly learned ...

Salal Gaultheria shallon/ Heath Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Unfortunately, the Cottonwood trees were shedding their seeds, so their white fuzz covered nearly everything, like these flowers. I quickly learned there are many flowers in the Heath family in the northwest, they kept me busy consulting my wildflower books to tell who was who!


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9 <strong>Saltmarsh Starwort</strong>
<em>Stellaria humifusa</em> / Pink Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

I found this plant blooming in the grass on the shore of the lake at Seward Park. It is related to Chickweed.

Saltmarsh Starwort Stellaria humifusa / Pink Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I found this plant blooming in the grass on the shore of the lake at Seward Park. It is related to Chickweed.

Saltmarsh Starwort Stellaria humifusa / Pink Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I found this plant blooming in the grass on the shore of the lake at Seward Park. It is related to Chickweed.


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10 <strong>Himalayan Blackberry*</strong>
<em>Rubus discolor</em> / Rose Family 
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

This plant grows all over western Washington, it really is an invasive non-native.

Himalayan Blackberry* Rubus discolor / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This plant grows all over western Washington, it really is an invasive non-native.

Himalayan Blackberry* Rubus discolor / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This plant grows all over western Washington, it really is an invasive non-native.


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11 <strong>Salmonberry</strong>
<em>Rubus spectabilis</em>
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

These pretty pale orange berries are quite common in western Washington. I ate a few of them, they are not as sweet as raspberries, but they are OK. The white fuzz ...

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These pretty pale orange berries are quite common in western Washington. I ate a few of them, they are not as sweet as raspberries, but they are OK. The white fuzz ...

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These pretty pale orange berries are quite common in western Washington. I ate a few of them, they are not as sweet as raspberries, but they are OK. The white fuzz on the leaves is from the cottonwood seeds. 1439
12 <strong>Baldhip Rose</strong>
<em>Rosa gynocarpa</em> / Rose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

These pretty little roses bloomed in the woods of many of the parks we visited. Roses are an important nectar source for insects and later in the year, ...

Baldhip Rose Rosa gynocarpa / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These pretty little roses bloomed in the woods of many of the parks we visited. Roses are an important nectar source for insects and later in the year, ...

Baldhip Rose Rosa gynocarpa / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These pretty little roses bloomed in the woods of many of the parks we visited. Roses are an important nectar source for insects and later in the year, the fruits, called "hips" are eaten by birds and other animals.


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13 <strong>Horsetails; Scouring Rushes</strong>
<em>Equisetum</em> spp.
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

These unusual plants are not wildflowers, in fact, they don't have flowers at all. Horsetails are ancient plants that have been around since before the...

Horsetails; Scouring Rushes Equisetum spp. Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These unusual plants are not wildflowers, in fact, they don't have flowers at all. Horsetails are ancient plants that have been around since before the...

Horsetails; Scouring Rushes Equisetum spp. Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These unusual plants are not wildflowers, in fact, they don't have flowers at all. Horsetails are ancient plants that have been around since before the days of the dinosaurs. I liked the interesting pattern of the plants. 1635
14 <strong>English Daisy </strong>
<em>Bellis perennis*</em> / Aster Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

This little non-native wildflower can become quite weedy in lawns, we saw it all over western WA.

English Daisy Bellis perennis* / Aster Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This little non-native wildflower can become quite weedy in lawns, we saw it all over western WA.

English Daisy Bellis perennis* / Aster Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This little non-native wildflower can become quite weedy in lawns, we saw it all over western WA.


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15 <strong>Birdsfoot Trefoil</strong>
<em>Lotus corniculatus*</em> / Pea Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

This pretty little yellow non-native wildflower is a common roadside "weed" in much of the United States.

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus* / Pea Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This pretty little yellow non-native wildflower is a common roadside "weed" in much of the United States.

Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus* / Pea Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 This pretty little yellow non-native wildflower is a common roadside "weed" in much of the United States.


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16 <strong>Cow Parsnip</strong>
<em>Heracleum lantanum*</em> /Parsley Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

Cow Parsnip has huge leaves and flower clusters. It is a common plant in the Pacific Northwest.

Cow Parsnip Heracleum lantanum* /Parsley Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Cow Parsnip has huge leaves and flower clusters. It is a common plant in the Pacific Northwest.

Cow Parsnip Heracleum lantanum* /Parsley Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Cow Parsnip has huge leaves and flower clusters. It is a common plant in the Pacific Northwest.


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17 <strong>Large-leaved Avens</strong>
<em>Geum macrophyllum</em> / Rose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

I saw this plant blooming in many areas of western Washington. Like many other members of the <em>Geum</em> genus, it has spiky seeds.

Large-leaved Avens Geum macrophyllum / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I saw this plant blooming in many areas of western Washington. Like many other members of the Geum genus, it has spiky seeds.

Large-leaved Avens Geum macrophyllum / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I saw this plant blooming in many areas of western Washington. Like many other members of the Geum genus, it has spiky seeds.


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18 <strong>Herb Robert</strong>
<em>Geranium robertianum*</em> / Geranium Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

Yet <u>another</u> non-native! This plant is related to our native Wild Geranium.

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum* / Geranium Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Yet another non-native! This plant is related to our native Wild Geranium.

Herb Robert Geranium robertianum* / Geranium Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 Yet another non-native! This plant is related to our native Wild Geranium.


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19 <strong>Evergreen Blackberry</strong>
<em>Rubus laciniatus*</em> / Rose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

I will eventually get to a native plant! It is sad that there are so many invaders in our country, they often spread and crowd out the pretty...

Evergreen Blackberry Rubus laciniatus* / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I will eventually get to a native plant! It is sad that there are so many invaders in our country, they often spread and crowd out the pretty...

Evergreen Blackberry Rubus laciniatus* / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I will eventually get to a native plant! It is sad that there are so many invaders in our country, they often spread and crowd out the pretty natives.


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20 My map-reading skills are usually pretty good, but every now and then an exit will sneak up on us or we'll be in the wrong lane and miss a turn. Making wrong turns and sometimes getting lost has introduced us to some interesting and pretty places. We s...

My map-reading skills are usually pretty good, but every now and then an exit will sneak up on us or we'll be in the wrong lane and miss a turn. Making wrong turns and sometimes getting lost has introduced us to some interesting and pretty places. We s...

My map-reading skills are usually pretty good, but every now and then an exit will sneak up on us or we'll be in the wrong lane and miss a turn. Making wrong turns and sometimes getting lost has introduced us to some interesting and pretty places. We stumbled across Green Lake Park when we missed the last turn into Seattle and we ended up across a bridge into another part of the city. Many shallow parts of the lake were covered in Fragrant Water Lilies. 1238
21 <strong>Fragrant White Water Lily</strong>
<em>Nymphaea odorata</em>
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2009

When we missed the turn into downtown we ended up far from where we wanted to be. Sometimes getting "turned around" can be a good thing, we would have ...

Fragrant White Water Lily Nymphaea odorata Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 When we missed the turn into downtown we ended up far from where we wanted to be. Sometimes getting "turned around" can be a good thing, we would have ...

Fragrant White Water Lily Nymphaea odorata Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 When we missed the turn into downtown we ended up far from where we wanted to be. Sometimes getting "turned around" can be a good thing, we would have never seen Green Lake Park and these beautiful Water Lilies! :)


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22 <strong>Sweet Pea; Everlasting Pea</strong> and the Seattle Skyline
<em>Lathyrus odoratus*</em> 
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

These pretty pink flowers grow along the highways in much of western Washington, even on the banks of Puget Sound. I rememb...

Sweet Pea; Everlasting Pea and the Seattle Skyline Lathyrus odoratus* Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These pretty pink flowers grow along the highways in much of western Washington, even on the banks of Puget Sound. I rememb...

Sweet Pea; Everlasting Pea and the Seattle Skyline Lathyrus odoratus* Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These pretty pink flowers grow along the highways in much of western Washington, even on the banks of Puget Sound. I remember my mother having this plant growing in her garden when I was young. Although they are related to edible peas, the seeds of this plant are poisonous.


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23 The Public Market in Seattle is a delight to the senses (yes, even the fish area!). I was in awe of the beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, such as these, that lined the stalls.

The Public Market in Seattle is a delight to the senses (yes, even the fish area!). I was in awe of the beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, such as these, that lined the stalls.

The Public Market in Seattle is a delight to the senses (yes, even the fish area!). I was in awe of the beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables, such as these, that lined the stalls. 1165
24 A cruise ship had docked in the Seattle harbor, so there were lots of tourists visiting the Public Market while we were there. This market is famous for the fish-throwing workers, when a patron purchases a fish they yell the name of the fish and throw ...

A cruise ship had docked in the Seattle harbor, so there were lots of tourists visiting the Public Market while we were there. This market is famous for the fish-throwing workers, when a patron purchases a fish they yell the name of the fish and throw ...

A cruise ship had docked in the Seattle harbor, so there were lots of tourists visiting the Public Market while we were there. This market is famous for the fish-throwing workers, when a patron purchases a fish they yell the name of the fish and throw it to the guys behind the counter! It is quite a spectacle. 1181
25 The guys at the fish market have quite a sense of humor, when a young boy and his grandmother came over to look at this ugly Monkfish a worker pulled a hidden cable and the fish reared up, causing them to jump back and the on-lookers to roar with laugh...

The guys at the fish market have quite a sense of humor, when a young boy and his grandmother came over to look at this ugly Monkfish a worker pulled a hidden cable and the fish reared up, causing them to jump back and the on-lookers to roar with laugh...

The guys at the fish market have quite a sense of humor, when a young boy and his grandmother came over to look at this ugly Monkfish a worker pulled a hidden cable and the fish reared up, causing them to jump back and the on-lookers to roar with laughter! 1223
26 <strong>Manroot</strong>
<em>Marah oreganus</em> / Cucumber Family
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2009

I've seen this plant in other western states. It has green cucumber-like  fruits. The vines climb high into the trees along trails and roadsides.

Manroot Marah oreganus / Cucumber Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 I've seen this plant in other western states. It has green cucumber-like fruits. The vines climb high into the trees along trails and roadsides.

Manroot Marah oreganus / Cucumber Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 I've seen this plant in other western states. It has green cucumber-like fruits. The vines climb high into the trees along trails and roadsides.


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27 <strong>American Brooklime</strong>
<em>Veronica beccabunga americana</em> / Figwort; Snapdragon Family
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2009

These little blue flowers were growing at Samammish State Park, but I saw them in Ashford and Silver Lake. They are ...

American Brooklime Veronica beccabunga americana / Figwort; Snapdragon Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 These little blue flowers were growing at Samammish State Park, but I saw them in Ashford and Silver Lake. They are ...

American Brooklime Veronica beccabunga americana / Figwort; Snapdragon Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 These little blue flowers were growing at Samammish State Park, but I saw them in Ashford and Silver Lake. They are common in wetland areas. 2021
28 <strong>Forget-Me-Not</strong>
<em>Myosotis sylvatica</em>
Seattle, WA 
June 18, 2009

There are several species of Forget-Me-Nots in Alaska, they were brought here from Europe. I found this plant in Samammish State Park outside of Seattle. They a...

Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 There are several species of Forget-Me-Nots in Alaska, they were brought here from Europe. I found this plant in Samammish State Park outside of Seattle. They a...

Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 There are several species of Forget-Me-Nots in Alaska, they were brought here from Europe. I found this plant in Samammish State Park outside of Seattle. They are beautiful little pale blue flowers. I liked the growth pattern of this plant.


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29 <strong>Goatsbeard</strong>
<em>Aruncus dioicus</em> /Rose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

These spikes are made of hundreds of tiny white flowers.

Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus /Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These spikes are made of hundreds of tiny white flowers.

Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus /Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 These spikes are made of hundreds of tiny white flowers.


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30 <strong>Twinberry fruit</strong>
<em>lonicera involucrata</em> / Honeysuckle Family
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2009

I was too late to see the flowers of this plant blooming, but the fruits are much more interesting anyway. It is not hard to see why the...

Twinberry fruit lonicera involucrata / Honeysuckle Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 I was too late to see the flowers of this plant blooming, but the fruits are much more interesting anyway. It is not hard to see why the...

Twinberry fruit lonicera involucrata / Honeysuckle Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 I was too late to see the flowers of this plant blooming, but the fruits are much more interesting anyway. It is not hard to see why they are called "Twinberry". 1212
31 <strong>Cooley's Hedge Nettle</strong>
<em>Stachys cooleyae</em> / Mint Family
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2009

I spotted these plants blooming near a footbridge at Sammamish State Park in Seattle. It grows up to 3 feet tall and has bright pink flowers,...

Cooley's Hedge Nettle Stachys cooleyae / Mint Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 I spotted these plants blooming near a footbridge at Sammamish State Park in Seattle. It grows up to 3 feet tall and has bright pink flowers,...

Cooley's Hedge Nettle Stachys cooleyae / Mint Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 I spotted these plants blooming near a footbridge at Sammamish State Park in Seattle. It grows up to 3 feet tall and has bright pink flowers, it is a treat to come across this plant on a hike. Hummingbirds are also attracted to these pink flowers.


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32 <strong>Snoqualmie Falls</strong> is located 25 miles east of Seattle, an easy drive on I-90. The 270-foot waterfall can be observed from a covered deck. For the strong of leg and heart, there is a steep 1/2-mile trail to the bottom of the falls. Along...

Snoqualmie Falls is located 25 miles east of Seattle, an easy drive on I-90. The 270-foot waterfall can be observed from a covered deck. For the strong of leg and heart, there is a steep 1/2-mile trail to the bottom of the falls. Along...

Snoqualmie Falls is located 25 miles east of Seattle, an easy drive on I-90. The 270-foot waterfall can be observed from a covered deck. For the strong of leg and heart, there is a steep 1/2-mile trail to the bottom of the falls. Along the trail you'll pass the powerhouse where water diverted from the river above the falls drops through 2 huge tubes to turn the turbines to generate electricity. The large building on the left is the Salish Lodge. 1198
33 These huge water tubes transfer water from the Snoqualmie river to a powerhouse built in 1898 that is still used to generate electricity. I had to take this photo through a chainlink fence.

These huge water tubes transfer water from the Snoqualmie river to a powerhouse built in 1898 that is still used to generate electricity. I had to take this photo through a chainlink fence.

These huge water tubes transfer water from the Snoqualmie river to a powerhouse built in 1898 that is still used to generate electricity. I had to take this photo through a chainlink fence. 1145
34 This view of Snoqualmie Falls was taken from a deck that requires a steep 1/2-mile hike to reach.

This view of Snoqualmie Falls was taken from a deck that requires a steep 1/2-mile hike to reach.

This view of Snoqualmie Falls was taken from a deck that requires a steep 1/2-mile hike to reach. 1193
35 This <strong>Garter Snake</strong> added some excitement on our hike to the bottom of the falls! :) Good news for folks who don't like snakes, there are no venomous snakes west of the Cascade mountains.

This Garter Snake added some excitement on our hike to the bottom of the falls! :) Good news for folks who don't like snakes, there are no venomous snakes west of the Cascade mountains.

This Garter Snake added some excitement on our hike to the bottom of the falls! :) Good news for folks who don't like snakes, there are no venomous snakes west of the Cascade mountains. 1180
36 Because of the cold climate of the northwest, it takes many years for stumps and to decompose. Often tree seedlings will grow in the soft, decayed wood. The roots grow over the log or stump and into the ground, if they are fortunate, they will grow int...

Because of the cold climate of the northwest, it takes many years for stumps and to decompose. Often tree seedlings will grow in the soft, decayed wood. The roots grow over the log or stump and into the ground, if they are fortunate, they will grow int...

Because of the cold climate of the northwest, it takes many years for stumps and to decompose. Often tree seedlings will grow in the soft, decayed wood. The roots grow over the log or stump and into the ground, if they are fortunate, they will grow into a mature tree. This "Nurse stump" has a young tree growing out of it. 1343
37 <strong>Foxglove</strong>
<em>Digitalis purpurea*</em> / Figwort Family
Snoqualmie, WA
June 18, 2009

These pretty magenta, light pink and white flowers brighten the landscape in western Washington. It is another non-native, brought to North Ameri...

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea* / Figwort Family Snoqualmie, WA June 18, 2009 These pretty magenta, light pink and white flowers brighten the landscape in western Washington. It is another non-native, brought to North Ameri...

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea* / Figwort Family Snoqualmie, WA June 18, 2009 These pretty magenta, light pink and white flowers brighten the landscape in western Washington. It is another non-native, brought to North America by European settlers as a medicinal plant. The cardiac drug digitalis is made from the leaves, but don't try self-medicating with it, the plant can be deadly if used incorrectly.


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38 This close-up of <strong>Foxglove</strong> flowers shows the bright pink nectar guides.

This close-up of Foxglove flowers shows the bright pink nectar guides.

This close-up of Foxglove flowers shows the bright pink nectar guides. 2014
39 <strong>Snowberry</strong>
<em>Lonicera involucrata</em> / Honeysuckle Family
Seattle, WA
June 18, 2009

The little pink and white flowers are pretty when they bloom in the summer, but the most interesting aspect of the plant is when the white ber...

Snowberry Lonicera involucrata / Honeysuckle Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 The little pink and white flowers are pretty when they bloom in the summer, but the most interesting aspect of the plant is when the white ber...

Snowberry Lonicera involucrata / Honeysuckle Family Seattle, WA June 18, 2009 The little pink and white flowers are pretty when they bloom in the summer, but the most interesting aspect of the plant is when the white berries appear in the fall. 1684
40 <strong>Thimbleberry</strong>
<em>Rubus parviflorus</em> / Rose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

The berries are edible, but seedy and not very palatible. I saw the flowers in many parts of western Washington.

Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 The berries are edible, but seedy and not very palatible. I saw the flowers in many parts of western Washington.

Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus / Rose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 The berries are edible, but seedy and not very palatible. I saw the flowers in many parts of western Washington.


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41 <strong>Poison Hemlock</strong>
<em>Conium maculatum*</em>
Anacortes,WA
June 19, 2009

This is the infamous Hemlock plant (not the tree!) that was the undoing of Socrates. Poison Hemlock is a deadly poisonous plant that can become very weedy in da...

Poison Hemlock Conium maculatum* Anacortes,WA June 19, 2009 This is the infamous Hemlock plant (not the tree!) that was the undoing of Socrates. Poison Hemlock is a deadly poisonous plant that can become very weedy in da...

Poison Hemlock Conium maculatum* Anacortes,WA June 19, 2009 This is the infamous Hemlock plant (not the tree!) that was the undoing of Socrates. Poison Hemlock is a deadly poisonous plant that can become very weedy in damp, disturbed sites. I photographed this one at the dock while we waited for the ferry to Orcas Island.


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42 Our son and his girfriend, Jeanie, flew to Seattle on Thursday night and the next day we drove to Anacortes, WA. We met the ferry and Jeanie's parents in Anacortes. While we waited for the ferry the tide was dropping, so we entertained ourselves lookin...

Our son and his girfriend, Jeanie, flew to Seattle on Thursday night and the next day we drove to Anacortes, WA. We met the ferry and Jeanie's parents in Anacortes. While we waited for the ferry the tide was dropping, so we entertained ourselves lookin...

Our son and his girfriend, Jeanie, flew to Seattle on Thursday night and the next day we drove to Anacortes, WA. We met the ferry and Jeanie's parents in Anacortes. While we waited for the ferry the tide was dropping, so we entertained ourselves looking at the little crabs that scuttled out from under the rocks. Crabs are scavengers, they hunt for food on the beach. They in turn, are also eaten by other animals. 1398
43 Curtis found this little crab among the rocks on the beach. One of the nice things about liking nature is you can be entertained just about anywhere outside! :)

Curtis found this little crab among the rocks on the beach. One of the nice things about liking nature is you can be entertained just about anywhere outside! :)

Curtis found this little crab among the rocks on the beach. One of the nice things about liking nature is you can be entertained just about anywhere outside! :) 1094
44 Here comes the ferry we'll take to Orcas Island in Puget Sound. It was a scenic 1-1/2 hour ride to the island. It was fun to stand out on the bow deck.

Here comes the ferry we'll take to Orcas Island in Puget Sound. It was a scenic 1-1/2 hour ride to the island. It was fun to stand out on the bow deck.

Here comes the ferry we'll take to Orcas Island in Puget Sound. It was a scenic 1-1/2 hour ride to the island. It was fun to stand out on the bow deck. 1302
45 We are driving onto the ferry, the <em>Yakima</em>, on our way to Orcas Island.

We are driving onto the ferry, the Yakima, on our way to Orcas Island.

We are driving onto the ferry, the Yakima, on our way to Orcas Island. 1199
46 Whew, it is a really tight squeeze to get over 100 cars packed onto the ferry. I had a hard time getting into and out of the car, it was so close to the wall! Even large trucks can go on some of the ferries. It cost ~$86 to take our car and 3 passenger...

Whew, it is a really tight squeeze to get over 100 cars packed onto the ferry. I had a hard time getting into and out of the car, it was so close to the wall! Even large trucks can go on some of the ferries. It cost ~$86 to take our car and 3 passenger...

Whew, it is a really tight squeeze to get over 100 cars packed onto the ferry. I had a hard time getting into and out of the car, it was so close to the wall! Even large trucks can go on some of the ferries. It cost ~$86 to take our car and 3 passengers on the ferry. That is a round-trip fare, you don't have to pay to go back to the mainland. 1196
47 <strong>Pelagic Cormorant</strong>
<em>Phalacrocorax pelagicus</em>
Anacortes, WA
June 19, 2009

We saw these birds nesting on the piers as we pulled out of the dock on the ferry. Each opening had a bird in it.

Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus Anacortes, WA June 19, 2009 We saw these birds nesting on the piers as we pulled out of the dock on the ferry. Each opening had a bird in it.

Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus Anacortes, WA June 19, 2009 We saw these birds nesting on the piers as we pulled out of the dock on the ferry. Each opening had a bird in it. 1164
48 Jeanie and her parents, Carol and Eldon, brought a tasty picnic lunch on the ferry. This was the first time Kenny and I had met Carol and Eldon, we hit it off from the beginning!

Jeanie and her parents, Carol and Eldon, brought a tasty picnic lunch on the ferry. This was the first time Kenny and I had met Carol and Eldon, we hit it off from the beginning!

Jeanie and her parents, Carol and Eldon, brought a tasty picnic lunch on the ferry. This was the first time Kenny and I had met Carol and Eldon, we hit it off from the beginning! 1150
49 <strong>Pacific Madrone trees</strong>
<em>Arbutus menziesii</em>
Shaw Island, WA
June 19, 2009

These are beautiful, sleek trees that shed their bark. I enjoyed seeing them from the ferry.

Pacific Madrone trees Arbutus menziesii Shaw Island, WA June 19, 2009 These are beautiful, sleek trees that shed their bark. I enjoyed seeing them from the ferry.

Pacific Madrone trees Arbutus menziesii Shaw Island, WA June 19, 2009 These are beautiful, sleek trees that shed their bark. I enjoyed seeing them from the ferry. 1555
50 A beautiful view of small islands and the distant Cascade mountains from the deck of the ferry.

A beautiful view of small islands and the distant Cascade mountains from the deck of the ferry.

A beautiful view of small islands and the distant Cascade mountains from the deck of the ferry. 1198
51 We stayed at the <strong>West Beach Resort Farmhouse</strong> for 2 nights. It is a restored old home that had been located on the property next to the resort. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and dining room and a fully-stocked kitchen. T...

We stayed at the West Beach Resort Farmhouse for 2 nights. It is a restored old home that had been located on the property next to the resort. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and dining room and a fully-stocked kitchen. T...

We stayed at the West Beach Resort Farmhouse for 2 nights. It is a restored old home that had been located on the property next to the resort. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and dining room and a fully-stocked kitchen. The bay was a short walk from the house. 1295
52 The view of the dining room and living room inside the Farmhouse at West Beach Resort.

The view of the dining room and living room inside the Farmhouse at West Beach Resort.

The view of the dining room and living room inside the Farmhouse at West Beach Resort. 1189
53 Curtis and Jeanie had a surprise announcement for their parents at dinner the first night at West Beach Resort, they told us of their engagement! We were thrilled, Jeanie will be a wonderful addition to our family! :) No wedding date or location has be...

Curtis and Jeanie had a surprise announcement for their parents at dinner the first night at West Beach Resort, they told us of their engagement! We were thrilled, Jeanie will be a wonderful addition to our family! :) No wedding date or location has be...

Curtis and Jeanie had a surprise announcement for their parents at dinner the first night at West Beach Resort, they told us of their engagement! We were thrilled, Jeanie will be a wonderful addition to our family! :) No wedding date or location has been set yet. ***Update*** The wedding has been set for late spring 2010 on a beach in Florida! 1228
54 I was amazed to see the size of these <strong>Skunk Cabbage</strong> leaves, I finally realized what the plant was when I saw the fruiting body near the ground. The flowers bloom very early in the spring, sometimes through the snow. They have a foul sm...

I was amazed to see the size of these Skunk Cabbage leaves, I finally realized what the plant was when I saw the fruiting body near the ground. The flowers bloom very early in the spring, sometimes through the snow. They have a foul sm...

I was amazed to see the size of these Skunk Cabbage leaves, I finally realized what the plant was when I saw the fruiting body near the ground. The flowers bloom very early in the spring, sometimes through the snow. They have a foul smell when they bloom, giving the plant its common name. 1649
55 This was West Beach Resort at high tide the afternoon we arrived on Orcas Island. I was very surprised the next morning to see the beach at low tide! (see next photo)

This was West Beach Resort at high tide the afternoon we arrived on Orcas Island. I was very surprised the next morning to see the beach at low tide! (see next photo)

This was West Beach Resort at high tide the afternoon we arrived on Orcas Island. I was very surprised the next morning to see the beach at low tide! (see next photo) 1247
56 West Beach Resort at low tide revealed many interesting animals --- tiny crabs, hermit crabs and sculpins in the tidepools, beach hoppers and shore birds. It was amazing how far out the water was at low tide.

West Beach Resort at low tide revealed many interesting animals --- tiny crabs, hermit crabs and sculpins in the tidepools, beach hoppers and shore birds. It was amazing how far out the water was at low tide.

West Beach Resort at low tide revealed many interesting animals --- tiny crabs, hermit crabs and sculpins in the tidepools, beach hoppers and shore birds. It was amazing how far out the water was at low tide. 1127
57 West Beach pier at low tide.

West Beach pier at low tide.

West Beach pier at low tide. 1098
58 <strong>Beach Hopper </strong>

These little creatures are very difficult to photograph because they are constantly jumping! I managed to shoot this one on a rock before it somersaulted off.

Beach Hopper These little creatures are very difficult to photograph because they are constantly jumping! I managed to shoot this one on a rock before it somersaulted off.

Beach Hopper These little creatures are very difficult to photograph because they are constantly jumping! I managed to shoot this one on a rock before it somersaulted off. 1249
59 These Beach hoppers were scavenging on sea lettuce at West Beach Resort, this was one of the few times they stayed still!

These Beach hoppers were scavenging on sea lettuce at West Beach Resort, this was one of the few times they stayed still!

These Beach hoppers were scavenging on sea lettuce at West Beach Resort, this was one of the few times they stayed still! 1110
60 A marine Isopod is a saltwater version of a roly poly.

A marine Isopod is a saltwater version of a roly poly.

A marine Isopod is a saltwater version of a roly poly. 1353
61 There were many of these purple Clam shells on the beach at low tide in the morning. My guess is they were probably eaten during the night by skates.

There were many of these purple Clam shells on the beach at low tide in the morning. My guess is they were probably eaten during the night by skates.

There were many of these purple Clam shells on the beach at low tide in the morning. My guess is they were probably eaten during the night by skates. 1234
62 <strong>Dungeness Crab</strong>
<em>Cancer magister</em>
Orcas Island, WA
June 20, 2009

I found this crab on the beach at low tide, for some reason it had not survived the night. There were lots of these crabs on ice at the Public Market in Seatt...

Dungeness Crab Cancer magister Orcas Island, WA June 20, 2009 I found this crab on the beach at low tide, for some reason it had not survived the night. There were lots of these crabs on ice at the Public Market in Seatt...

Dungeness Crab Cancer magister Orcas Island, WA June 20, 2009 I found this crab on the beach at low tide, for some reason it had not survived the night. There were lots of these crabs on ice at the Public Market in Seattle. Crabs are scavengers that eat dead fish and other marine organisms. This crab has barnacles on its carapace. 1432
63 I was surprised to see this <strong>Canada Goose</strong> gosling eating seaweed on the beach at low tide. I'm used to seeing them eat grass in Tennessee.

I was surprised to see this Canada Goose gosling eating seaweed on the beach at low tide. I'm used to seeing them eat grass in Tennessee.

I was surprised to see this Canada Goose gosling eating seaweed on the beach at low tide. I'm used to seeing them eat grass in Tennessee. 1100
64 An assortment of Seaweed was left on the beach overnight, stranded at low tide.

An assortment of Seaweed was left on the beach overnight, stranded at low tide.

An assortment of Seaweed was left on the beach overnight, stranded at low tide. 1166
65 On a clear day, the <strong>Moran State Park</strong> observation tower on 2409-foot-high Mt. Constitution is a great place to get get a good view of Puget Sound, Orcas Island, and even the Cascade Mountains. Low clouds obstructed our view the day we v...

On a clear day, the Moran State Park observation tower on 2409-foot-high Mt. Constitution is a great place to get get a good view of Puget Sound, Orcas Island, and even the Cascade Mountains. Low clouds obstructed our view the day we v...

On a clear day, the Moran State Park observation tower on 2409-foot-high Mt. Constitution is a great place to get get a good view of Puget Sound, Orcas Island, and even the Cascade Mountains. Low clouds obstructed our view the day we visited, but we still enjoyed the climb to the top and seeing the islands and sound between breaks in the clouds. 1176
66 This is the view from 2409-foot-high Mt. Constitution at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

This is the view from 2409-foot-high Mt. Constitution at Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

This is the view from 2409-foot-high Mt. Constitution at Moran State Park on Orcas Island. 1157
67 <strong>Dwarf Mistletoe</strong>
<em>Arceuthobium</em> species
Orcas Island, WA
June 20, 2009

I found this little parasitic plant growing on a Shore Pine tree at Moran SP.

Dwarf Mistletoe Arceuthobium species Orcas Island, WA June 20, 2009 I found this little parasitic plant growing on a Shore Pine tree at Moran SP.

Dwarf Mistletoe Arceuthobium species Orcas Island, WA June 20, 2009 I found this little parasitic plant growing on a Shore Pine tree at Moran SP. 1150
68 Curtis and Jeanie kayaking at West Beach Resort. We rented the kayaks for an hour and paddled around in the bay looking at seastars, seaweed, and jellyfish.

Curtis and Jeanie kayaking at West Beach Resort. We rented the kayaks for an hour and paddled around in the bay looking at seastars, seaweed, and jellyfish.

Curtis and Jeanie kayaking at West Beach Resort. We rented the kayaks for an hour and paddled around in the bay looking at seastars, seaweed, and jellyfish. 1086
69 Curtis took this photo of Kenny and me kayaking with my little Olympus camera; it is waterproof and can withstand saltwater, so I didn't worry about taking it out with us (as long as we didn't drop it!). Curtis tried it out underwater taking a movie of...

Curtis took this photo of Kenny and me kayaking with my little Olympus camera; it is waterproof and can withstand saltwater, so I didn't worry about taking it out with us (as long as we didn't drop it!). Curtis tried it out underwater taking a movie of...

Curtis took this photo of Kenny and me kayaking with my little Olympus camera; it is waterproof and can withstand saltwater, so I didn't worry about taking it out with us (as long as we didn't drop it!). Curtis tried it out underwater taking a movie of a jellyfish swimming. It was a weird feeling to put the camera underwater and not have it ruined! 1084
70 I found this huge sheet of seaweed, called <strong>Sea Lettuce</strong>, floating in the bay. I've read that this is edible, but I wasn't interested in munching on it! The long tube floating in the water next to the kayak is a loose frond of Bull Kelp....

I found this huge sheet of seaweed, called Sea Lettuce, floating in the bay. I've read that this is edible, but I wasn't interested in munching on it! The long tube floating in the water next to the kayak is a loose frond of Bull Kelp....

I found this huge sheet of seaweed, called Sea Lettuce, floating in the bay. I've read that this is edible, but I wasn't interested in munching on it! The long tube floating in the water next to the kayak is a loose frond of Bull Kelp. The photo is a bit cloudy because the camera had just been used underwater minutes before. 1117
71 The West Beach sunset was very pretty. Since we were at such a high latitude, the sun set later than in Tennessee.

The West Beach sunset was very pretty. Since we were at such a high latitude, the sun set later than in Tennessee.

The West Beach sunset was very pretty. Since we were at such a high latitude, the sun set later than in Tennessee. 1095
72 We enjoyed a marshmallow roast our last evening on Orcas Island. It was a challenge to make the perfect, browned marshmallow, no charring allowed! It reminded me of my Girl Scout camp days. :)

We enjoyed a marshmallow roast our last evening on Orcas Island. It was a challenge to make the perfect, browned marshmallow, no charring allowed! It reminded me of my Girl Scout camp days. :)

We enjoyed a marshmallow roast our last evening on Orcas Island. It was a challenge to make the perfect, browned marshmallow, no charring allowed! It reminded me of my Girl Scout camp days. :) 1126
73 The tour boats follow the Orca pods in the Puget Sound. These are plywood cutouts of the dorsal fins of the "J" pod. Males have fins up to 6 feet tall. Each whale has a distinctive white pattern, which helps in identification of the animals.

The tour boats follow the Orca pods in the Puget Sound. These are plywood cutouts of the dorsal fins of the "J" pod. Males have fins up to 6 feet tall. Each whale has a distinctive white pattern, which helps in identification of the animals.

The tour boats follow the Orca pods in the Puget Sound. These are plywood cutouts of the dorsal fins of the "J" pod. Males have fins up to 6 feet tall. Each whale has a distinctive white pattern, which helps in identification of the animals. 1792
74 We had to wait for the second ferry because of the Sunday afternoon mass exodus from Orcas Is., at least there were some fun little shops to browse in. It was interesting to see how far some people had driven to come to Washington, such as this car fro...

We had to wait for the second ferry because of the Sunday afternoon mass exodus from Orcas Is., at least there were some fun little shops to browse in. It was interesting to see how far some people had driven to come to Washington, such as this car fro...

We had to wait for the second ferry because of the Sunday afternoon mass exodus from Orcas Is., at least there were some fun little shops to browse in. It was interesting to see how far some people had driven to come to Washington, such as this car from Florida! 1180
75 On Sunday evening we arrived at <strong>Mounthaven Resort</strong> in Ashford, just outside Mt. Rainier National Park. We stayed in the Hemlock cabin. It was small, but comfortable with a little refrigerator and microwave oven and dishes. We never used...

On Sunday evening we arrived at Mounthaven Resort in Ashford, just outside Mt. Rainier National Park. We stayed in the Hemlock cabin. It was small, but comfortable with a little refrigerator and microwave oven and dishes. We never used...

On Sunday evening we arrived at Mounthaven Resort in Ashford, just outside Mt. Rainier National Park. We stayed in the Hemlock cabin. It was small, but comfortable with a little refrigerator and microwave oven and dishes. We never used the wood-burning stove (we weren't in there long enough in the evenings!), but wood is provided each day. The resort has different-sized cabins for 2 people up to families. The owners, Joan and Craig, have decorated the cabins and grounds with antique tools and snow toys. The campground area can accommodate the largest of RV campers. The property has wildflower-filled meadows and creeks lined with ferns to explore and a small playground. For animal-lovers, several hummingbird and bird feeders encourage visits from Rufous hummingbirds, Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Stellar's Jays, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and other birds. There are even some very friendly Blacktail Deer that visit the grounds throughout the day. Joan and Craig gave us a lot of helpful information on places to visit and hike at Mt. Rainier National Park. 1184
76 This is the inside of the Hemlock Cabin at Mounthaven Resort in Ashford, WA (before we moved in!).

This is the inside of the Hemlock Cabin at Mounthaven Resort in Ashford, WA (before we moved in!).

This is the inside of the Hemlock Cabin at Mounthaven Resort in Ashford, WA (before we moved in!). 1163
77 <strong>Trefoil Foamflower</strong>
<em>Tiarella trifoliata</em> / Saxifrage Family
Ashford, WA
June 21, 2009

I was so anxious to see what was in bloom when we arrived in Ashford, I had to explore at dusk (which was 9:30 p.m. at that latitude). T...

Trefoil Foamflower Tiarella trifoliata / Saxifrage Family Ashford, WA June 21, 2009 I was so anxious to see what was in bloom when we arrived in Ashford, I had to explore at dusk (which was 9:30 p.m. at that latitude). T...

Trefoil Foamflower Tiarella trifoliata / Saxifrage Family Ashford, WA June 21, 2009 I was so anxious to see what was in bloom when we arrived in Ashford, I had to explore at dusk (which was 9:30 p.m. at that latitude). This plant is related to the Foamflower we have in Tennessee, the leaves are 3-parted instead of entire, though.


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78 I enjoyed going down to the gardens near the Mounthaven Resort office each morning to try and photograph the hummingbirds and other birds that came to the feeders. The gardens are also a nice place to sit and relax listening to the sounds of nature.

I enjoyed going down to the gardens near the Mounthaven Resort office each morning to try and photograph the hummingbirds and other birds that came to the feeders. The gardens are also a nice place to sit and relax listening to the sounds of nature.

I enjoyed going down to the gardens near the Mounthaven Resort office each morning to try and photograph the hummingbirds and other birds that came to the feeders. The gardens are also a nice place to sit and relax listening to the sounds of nature. 1184
79 <strong>Rufous Hummingbird</strong> - male
<em>Selasphorus rufus</em>
Ashford, WA
June 22, 2009

I enjoyed watching these feisty little birds as they visited the feeders at the garden by the office at Mounthaven Resort each morning. The males have...

Rufous Hummingbird - male Selasphorus rufus Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 I enjoyed watching these feisty little birds as they visited the feeders at the garden by the office at Mounthaven Resort each morning. The males have...

Rufous Hummingbird - male Selasphorus rufus Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 I enjoyed watching these feisty little birds as they visited the feeders at the garden by the office at Mounthaven Resort each morning. The males have a brilliant red gorget that is used to show their breeding status (age) and to get the attention of the females. They can often be heard before they are seen due to their loud buzzing of their wingbeats. 1064
80 <strong>Black-headed Grosbeak</strong> - male
<em>Pheucticus melanocephalus</em>
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009

This bird just would not cooperate with me to give me an opportunity to get a decent photo! Unfortunately, this was the best shot I could g...

Black-headed Grosbeak - male Pheucticus melanocephalus Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 This bird just would not cooperate with me to give me an opportunity to get a decent photo! Unfortunately, this was the best shot I could g...

Black-headed Grosbeak - male Pheucticus melanocephalus Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 This bird just would not cooperate with me to give me an opportunity to get a decent photo! Unfortunately, this was the best shot I could get. According to Craig, the owner of Mounthaven (and an avid birder), this is not a very common bird. 1118
81 <strong>Black-headed Grosbeak</strong> - female
<em>Pheucticus melanocephalus</em>
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009

Unfortunately, I had to use my flash to get this photo because it was early in the morning and overcast. I guess it isn't too bad conside...

Black-headed Grosbeak - female Pheucticus melanocephalus Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 Unfortunately, I had to use my flash to get this photo because it was early in the morning and overcast. I guess it isn't too bad conside...

Black-headed Grosbeak - female Pheucticus melanocephalus Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 Unfortunately, I had to use my flash to get this photo because it was early in the morning and overcast. I guess it isn't too bad considering the conditions. 1134
82 <strong>Red Springtails</strong> 
Ashford, WA
June 22, 2009

It had rained during the first night we were at Mounthaven so everything was damp when I went out to explore after breakfast. I noticed the bark on some of the Hemlock trees looked reddis...

Red Springtails Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 It had rained during the first night we were at Mounthaven so everything was damp when I went out to explore after breakfast. I noticed the bark on some of the Hemlock trees looked reddis...

Red Springtails Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 It had rained during the first night we were at Mounthaven so everything was damp when I went out to explore after breakfast. I noticed the bark on some of the Hemlock trees looked reddish. When I looked closer, I noticed thousands of these tiny red springtails crawling on the tree. 1105
83 <strong>"Licorice" Slug</strong> - brown version
<em>Arion ater</em>
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009

I had seen a solid black version of this slug when we visited the area in 1998, it really did look like a licorice stick! According to one of my books,...

"Licorice" Slug - brown version Arion ater Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 I had seen a solid black version of this slug when we visited the area in 1998, it really did look like a licorice stick! According to one of my books,...

"Licorice" Slug - brown version Arion ater Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 I had seen a solid black version of this slug when we visited the area in 1998, it really did look like a licorice stick! According to one of my books, this slug is "a cruelly destructive pest if ever there was one". These slugs can grow up to 6" long, so I guess they have to eat a lot to get that large! 1630
84 <strong>Black-tailed Deer doe</strong>
<em>Odocoileus hemionus</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

These deer are a little larger than the White-tail we have in the east. This doe is beginning to lose her winter coat, that is why she is ...

Black-tailed Deer doe Odocoileus hemionus Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 These deer are a little larger than the White-tail we have in the east. This doe is beginning to lose her winter coat, that is why she is ...

Black-tailed Deer doe Odocoileus hemionus Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 These deer are a little larger than the White-tail we have in the east. This doe is beginning to lose her winter coat, that is why she is so scruffy looking. 1432
85 This Black-tail buck will be quite handsome in a few months when his antlers have developed and he has lost the nourishing velvet. This guy is a regular visitor to the Mounthaven Resort each morning where he gets a snack of oats.

This Black-tail buck will be quite handsome in a few months when his antlers have developed and he has lost the nourishing velvet. This guy is a regular visitor to the Mounthaven Resort each morning where he gets a snack of oats.

This Black-tail buck will be quite handsome in a few months when his antlers have developed and he has lost the nourishing velvet. This guy is a regular visitor to the Mounthaven Resort each morning where he gets a snack of oats. 1166
86 <strong>Cusick's Speedwell</strong>
<em>Veronica cusickii</em> / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family
Ashford, WA
June 22, 2009

This little Speedwell is a creeper, it grows low to the ground. I found this growing in the meadow at Mounthaven, but it grows ...

Cusick's Speedwell Veronica cusickii / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 This little Speedwell is a creeper, it grows low to the ground. I found this growing in the meadow at Mounthaven, but it grows ...

Cusick's Speedwell Veronica cusickii / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 This little Speedwell is a creeper, it grows low to the ground. I found this growing in the meadow at Mounthaven, but it grows even at the high elevations of Mt. Rainier. 1539
87 <strong>Western Starflower</strong>
<em>Trientalis latifolia</em>
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009 

This pretty white wildflower grows in deep woods, I found it at Mounthaven Resort and Mt. Rainier NP.

Western Starflower Trientalis latifolia Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 This pretty white wildflower grows in deep woods, I found it at Mounthaven Resort and Mt. Rainier NP.

Western Starflower Trientalis latifolia Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 This pretty white wildflower grows in deep woods, I found it at Mounthaven Resort and Mt. Rainier NP.


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88 <strong>Twinflower</strong>
<em>Linnaea borealis</em> / Honeysuckle Family
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009

I had hoped to see these pretty little pink and white wildflowers, so when I saw them in tight bud on a hike at Kautz Creek in Mt. Rainier NP, I ...

Twinflower Linnaea borealis / Honeysuckle Family Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 I had hoped to see these pretty little pink and white wildflowers, so when I saw them in tight bud on a hike at Kautz Creek in Mt. Rainier NP, I ...

Twinflower Linnaea borealis / Honeysuckle Family Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 I had hoped to see these pretty little pink and white wildflowers, so when I saw them in tight bud on a hike at Kautz Creek in Mt. Rainier NP, I was disappointed. However, two days later I spotted these in bloom at Mounthaven Resort's meadow. This plant was Linnaeus's (the father of the binomial nomenclature system) favorite plant, he had his portrait painted holding one. Twinflower is a low-growing creeper, so it could be easily overlooked.


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89 <strong>Scotch Broom</strong>
<em>Cytisus scoparius*</em> / Pea Family
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009

These small shrubs color the landscape with large yellow flowers, but their beauty is only "skin" deep, they are highly invasive plants that crowd ou...

Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius* / Pea Family Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 These small shrubs color the landscape with large yellow flowers, but their beauty is only "skin" deep, they are highly invasive plants that crowd ou...

Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius* / Pea Family Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 These small shrubs color the landscape with large yellow flowers, but their beauty is only "skin" deep, they are highly invasive plants that crowd out the natives.


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90 <strong>Scotch Broom</strong> - close-up
<em>Cytisus scoparius*</em> / Pea Family
Ashford, WA
June 23, 2009

I liked this shot of a single flower covered in dew.

Scotch Broom - close-up Cytisus scoparius* / Pea Family Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 I liked this shot of a single flower covered in dew.

Scotch Broom - close-up Cytisus scoparius* / Pea Family Ashford, WA June 23, 2009 I liked this shot of a single flower covered in dew. 1241
91 This is the sign at the west entrance to <strong>Mt. Rainier National Park</strong>. The first day when we paid our entrance fee, the ranger at the gate told me there weren't any wildflowers blooming in the park. He was thinking of the masses of multic...

This is the sign at the west entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. The first day when we paid our entrance fee, the ranger at the gate told me there weren't any wildflowers blooming in the park. He was thinking of the masses of multic...

This is the sign at the west entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. The first day when we paid our entrance fee, the ranger at the gate told me there weren't any wildflowers blooming in the park. He was thinking of the masses of multicolored flowers in the fields in the mountain meadows, not the roadside varieties. The high elevations were still under at least 8 feet of snow, so I knew we were too early to see those flowers. I found that hard to believe that nothing would be in bloom since I had already seen over 50 different flowers in the other parts of the state. On our last day in the park I took a list to the rangers of nearly 90 flowers that I documented in 4 days of driving and hiking! :) You have to get out of the car and look to see many flowers, some of them are very small or not brightly colored, they are not easy to find. 1364
92 <strong>Subalpine Lupine</strong>
<em>Lupinus latifolius subalpinus</em> / Pea Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

Lupines add a beautiful splash of color to the landscape of the northwest, they are a very common wildflower. Being a le...

Subalpine Lupine Lupinus latifolius subalpinus / Pea Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 Lupines add a beautiful splash of color to the landscape of the northwest, they are a very common wildflower. Being a le...

Subalpine Lupine Lupinus latifolius subalpinus / Pea Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 Lupines add a beautiful splash of color to the landscape of the northwest, they are a very common wildflower. Being a legume, they are an important plant, they have nodules containing nitrogen-fixing bacteria which enrich the soil.


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93 This was the only view that we had of Mt. Rainier on our first day there. It was interesting to see the low clouds drift through the trees. We learned that the mountain can be seen only an average of 80 days per year. Fortunately, we were in the park 4...

This was the only view that we had of Mt. Rainier on our first day there. It was interesting to see the low clouds drift through the trees. We learned that the mountain can be seen only an average of 80 days per year. Fortunately, we were in the park 4...

This was the only view that we had of Mt. Rainier on our first day there. It was interesting to see the low clouds drift through the trees. We learned that the mountain can be seen only an average of 80 days per year. Fortunately, we were in the park 4 days, so we had one cloud-free day to enjoy the views. We decided to do some hiking since we couldn't see the mountain. Our first hike, on the Kautz Creek trail, was just inside the western entrance of the park. 1167
94 <strong>Kautz Creek</strong> originates at the base of the Kautz glacier far away on the flanks of Mt. Rainier (which was concealed in the clouds the first day we were in the park). In Nov. 2006 a flash flood roared through the valley, scouring the ban...

Kautz Creek originates at the base of the Kautz glacier far away on the flanks of Mt. Rainier (which was concealed in the clouds the first day we were in the park). In Nov. 2006 a flash flood roared through the valley, scouring the ban...

Kautz Creek originates at the base of the Kautz glacier far away on the flanks of Mt. Rainier (which was concealed in the clouds the first day we were in the park). In Nov. 2006 a flash flood roared through the valley, scouring the banks of the creek and felling thousands of trees. Despite its beauty, Mt. Rainier can unleash dangers in the forms of sudden flash floods from rain or glacier meltwater releases, rock slides, and one day possibly an eruption of the dormant volcano. The orange sediment of the creek is evidence of iron deposits in the volcanic rock on Mt. Rainier. This trail has two distinct personalities. The first part is rather flat and didn't have much to offer in wildflowers, but after we crossed the creek the trail climbed steeply and the woods changed dramatically in vegetation. 1296
95 This part of the Kautz Creek trail looked as though Mother Nature had been playing a game of Pick-up-Sticks! This jumble of logs was a reminder of the power of the 2006 flood. It will take many years for these logs to decompose.

This part of the Kautz Creek trail looked as though Mother Nature had been playing a game of Pick-up-Sticks! This jumble of logs was a reminder of the power of the 2006 flood. It will take many years for these logs to decompose.

This part of the Kautz Creek trail looked as though Mother Nature had been playing a game of Pick-up-Sticks! This jumble of logs was a reminder of the power of the 2006 flood. It will take many years for these logs to decompose. 1085
96 These rounded stones embedded high on the Kautz creek bank are evidence of the eons of erosion and flooding that have taken place on Mt. Rainier.

These rounded stones embedded high on the Kautz creek bank are evidence of the eons of erosion and flooding that have taken place on Mt. Rainier.

These rounded stones embedded high on the Kautz creek bank are evidence of the eons of erosion and flooding that have taken place on Mt. Rainier. 1087
97 There are many species of Lichens in the the northwest. A hailstorm the day before had knocked a lot of lichen-covered branches off the trees. Since there weren't many wildflowers on this section of the trail we entertained ourselves with the lichens! ...

There are many species of Lichens in the the northwest. A hailstorm the day before had knocked a lot of lichen-covered branches off the trees. Since there weren't many wildflowers on this section of the trail we entertained ourselves with the lichens! ...

There are many species of Lichens in the the northwest. A hailstorm the day before had knocked a lot of lichen-covered branches off the trees. Since there weren't many wildflowers on this section of the trail we entertained ourselves with the lichens! Here I'm having fun with some Old Man's Beard lichen. :) 1137
98 An interesting mix of Lichens at Mt. Rainier.

An interesting mix of Lichens at Mt. Rainier.

An interesting mix of Lichens at Mt. Rainier. 1139
99 After we crossed this bridge on the Kautz Creek trail the terrain changed and vegetation dramatically. This was a new bridge, the previous one had been washed away in the 2006 flood.

After we crossed this bridge on the Kautz Creek trail the terrain changed and vegetation dramatically. This was a new bridge, the previous one had been washed away in the 2006 flood.

After we crossed this bridge on the Kautz Creek trail the terrain changed and vegetation dramatically. This was a new bridge, the previous one had been washed away in the 2006 flood. 1165
100 The beginning of the "interesting part" of the Kautz Creek trail. The ferns and mosses along the trail were incredible.

The beginning of the "interesting part" of the Kautz Creek trail. The ferns and mosses along the trail were incredible.

The beginning of the "interesting part" of the Kautz Creek trail. The ferns and mosses along the trail were incredible. 1080
101 This large Mushroom was growing on a decaying log along the Kautz Creek trail. I was surprised we didn't see as many fungi I as expected.

This large Mushroom was growing on a decaying log along the Kautz Creek trail. I was surprised we didn't see as many fungi I as expected.

This large Mushroom was growing on a decaying log along the Kautz Creek trail. I was surprised we didn't see as many fungi I as expected. 1189
102 <strong>Three-leaved Anemone</strong>
<em>Anemone deltoidea</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

This is a common wildflower in the forests around Mt. Rainier. It is similar to the Wood Anemone that blooms in the southeast. Like that plan...

Three-leaved Anemone Anemone deltoidea Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This is a common wildflower in the forests around Mt. Rainier. It is similar to the Wood Anemone that blooms in the southeast. Like that plan...

Three-leaved Anemone Anemone deltoidea Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This is a common wildflower in the forests around Mt. Rainier. It is similar to the Wood Anemone that blooms in the southeast. Like that plant, this one has only one flower.


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103 <strong>Bunchberry; Dwarf Dogwood</strong>
<em>Cornus canadensis</em> / Dogwood Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009 

Like our southern Dogwood trees, the true flowers are in the center surrounded by the 4 white bracts. Each of these sm...

Bunchberry; Dwarf Dogwood Cornus canadensis / Dogwood Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 Like our southern Dogwood trees, the true flowers are in the center surrounded by the 4 white bracts. Each of these sm...

Bunchberry; Dwarf Dogwood Cornus canadensis / Dogwood Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 Like our southern Dogwood trees, the true flowers are in the center surrounded by the 4 white bracts. Each of these small flowers can produce one red berry in the fall.


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104 <strong>Western or Merten's Coralroot</strong> / Orchid Family
<em>Corallorhiza mertensiana</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

This is one of those plants that can be overlooked since it has no leaves. I missed it while hiking up the Ka...

Western or Merten's Coralroot / Orchid Family Corallorhiza mertensiana Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This is one of those plants that can be overlooked since it has no leaves. I missed it while hiking up the Ka...

Western or Merten's Coralroot / Orchid Family Corallorhiza mertensiana Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This is one of those plants that can be overlooked since it has no leaves. I missed it while hiking up the Kautz Creek trail, but I saw it almost as soon as we started hiking back down. The Rampart Ridge trail near Longmire was loaded with these and Spotted Coralroots, both saprophytic orchids.


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105 <strong>Western or Merten's Coralroot</strong>
<em>Corallorhiza mertensiana</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

Western or Merten's Coralroot Corallorhiza mertensiana Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009

Western or Merten's Coralroot Corallorhiza mertensiana Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 1108
106 <strong>Scouler's or Western Corydalis</strong>
<em>Corydalis scouleri</em> / Fumitory Family 
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

As soon as we crossed the bridge on the Kautz Creek trail the vegetation changed dramatically, this plant (pron...

Scouler's or Western Corydalis Corydalis scouleri / Fumitory Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 As soon as we crossed the bridge on the Kautz Creek trail the vegetation changed dramatically, this plant (pron...

Scouler's or Western Corydalis Corydalis scouleri / Fumitory Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 As soon as we crossed the bridge on the Kautz Creek trail the vegetation changed dramatically, this plant (pronounced: cor-RID-a-lis) grew quite thickly in some areas. It is related to Wild Bleeding Hearts, which we also saw on our trip.


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107 This <strong>Mosquito</strong> wanted to take a meal from my finger but I didn't give her a chance! The mosquitoes in Washington are large, but fortunately, they are also slow.

This Mosquito wanted to take a meal from my finger but I didn't give her a chance! The mosquitoes in Washington are large, but fortunately, they are also slow.

This Mosquito wanted to take a meal from my finger but I didn't give her a chance! The mosquitoes in Washington are large, but fortunately, they are also slow. 1148
108 On June 23 the sky cleared and we had  breath-taking views of 14,410' <strong>Mt. Rainier</strong>. The wispy cirrus clouds were too high to be a problem. The small peak just visible on the left is <strong>Little Tahoma</strong>. It is hard to believe ...

On June 23 the sky cleared and we had breath-taking views of 14,410' Mt. Rainier. The wispy cirrus clouds were too high to be a problem. The small peak just visible on the left is Little Tahoma. It is hard to believe ...

On June 23 the sky cleared and we had breath-taking views of 14,410' Mt. Rainier. The wispy cirrus clouds were too high to be a problem. The small peak just visible on the left is Little Tahoma. It is hard to believe that this peaceful-looking mountain is actually a "sleeping giant", it is a dormant volcano that could awaken at any time. It is the largest of several volcanoes located in the Cascade mountain range, part of the Ring of Fire. 1085
109 Two of Mt. Rainier's glaciers, <strong>Nisqually</strong> (left) and <strong>Paradise</strong> (partially visible at right) are seen in this photo. Glaciers are slowly-moving rivers of ice that grind down the mountain. As snow builds up over time it co...

Two of Mt. Rainier's glaciers, Nisqually (left) and Paradise (partially visible at right) are seen in this photo. Glaciers are slowly-moving rivers of ice that grind down the mountain. As snow builds up over time it co...

Two of Mt. Rainier's glaciers, Nisqually (left) and Paradise (partially visible at right) are seen in this photo. Glaciers are slowly-moving rivers of ice that grind down the mountain. As snow builds up over time it compacts into dense ice, some glaciers are up to 300' thick. All of the park's rivers originate at the base of the glaciers, giving the water a milky look from the powdered rock. 1111
110 Mt. Rainier, the source of the Nisqually River, is visible miles away. Note the milky appearance of the water due to the "glacier flour", pulverized rock ground down by the ice in the glaciers on top of the mountain.

Mt. Rainier, the source of the Nisqually River, is visible miles away. Note the milky appearance of the water due to the "glacier flour", pulverized rock ground down by the ice in the glaciers on top of the mountain.

Mt. Rainier, the source of the Nisqually River, is visible miles away. Note the milky appearance of the water due to the "glacier flour", pulverized rock ground down by the ice in the glaciers on top of the mountain. 1106
111 I enjoyed seeing the interesting <strong> Volcanic rocks</strong> on the bank of the Nisqually River. Even though they originate from the same mountain, the colors are different depending on the minerals or elements they contain and how quickly the mag...

I enjoyed seeing the interesting Volcanic rocks on the bank of the Nisqually River. Even though they originate from the same mountain, the colors are different depending on the minerals or elements they contain and how quickly the mag...

I enjoyed seeing the interesting Volcanic rocks on the bank of the Nisqually River. Even though they originate from the same mountain, the colors are different depending on the minerals or elements they contain and how quickly the magma cooled. Red in the rock indicates large amounts of iron. The kinds of igneous rock associated with with volcanoes include: basalt, andesite, dacite and rhyolite. Basalt comprises the majority of the Earth's crust and is the most common type of rock on earth. This rock is extrusive, meaning it formed from magma in the Earth's mantle, was released as lava and cooled fairly quickly at the surface. Geologists examine the size of the crystals in these rocks, the faster the rock cooled, the smaller the crystals. 1274
112 This Volcanic rock on the bank of the Nisqually River caught my eye because it was a mixture of 2 different colors. Years ago this rock was part of Mt. Rainier.

This Volcanic rock on the bank of the Nisqually River caught my eye because it was a mixture of 2 different colors. Years ago this rock was part of Mt. Rainier.

This Volcanic rock on the bank of the Nisqually River caught my eye because it was a mixture of 2 different colors. Years ago this rock was part of Mt. Rainier. 1142
113 This is a close-up of Volcanic rock from Mt. Rainier, note the different colors of the minerals.

This is a close-up of Volcanic rock from Mt. Rainier, note the different colors of the minerals.

This is a close-up of Volcanic rock from Mt. Rainier, note the different colors of the minerals. 1115
114 This piece of red Lava from Mt. Rainier had large chunks of black lava embedded in it.

This piece of red Lava from Mt. Rainier had large chunks of black lava embedded in it.

This piece of red Lava from Mt. Rainier had large chunks of black lava embedded in it. 1051
115 Mt. Rainier has numerous waterfalls. <strong>Christine Falls</strong> is easily accessible from the road. This view takes a short walk from the parking lot. During June there is a lot of water in the rivers from snowmelt.

Mt. Rainier has numerous waterfalls. Christine Falls is easily accessible from the road. This view takes a short walk from the parking lot. During June there is a lot of water in the rivers from snowmelt.

Mt. Rainier has numerous waterfalls. Christine Falls is easily accessible from the road. This view takes a short walk from the parking lot. During June there is a lot of water in the rivers from snowmelt. 1047
116 <strong>Narada Falls</strong> is a spectacular waterfall that is a popular stop along the highway. Yes, that is a patch of snow on the right side of the photo! We had to walk down a slick patch of snow to get to the overlook. There was still quite a bi...

Narada Falls is a spectacular waterfall that is a popular stop along the highway. Yes, that is a patch of snow on the right side of the photo! We had to walk down a slick patch of snow to get to the overlook. There was still quite a bi...

Narada Falls is a spectacular waterfall that is a popular stop along the highway. Yes, that is a patch of snow on the right side of the photo! We had to walk down a slick patch of snow to get to the overlook. There was still quite a bit of snow at this elevation of the park. It seemed strange to see so much snow in late June. 1160
117 This type of "religious" sign vandalism just drives me crazy! I realize not everyone believes the Earth is more than 6,000 - 10,000 years old (even they can't agree on the age!), but it is inexcusable for people to vandalize a sign in a national park j...

This type of "religious" sign vandalism just drives me crazy! I realize not everyone believes the Earth is more than 6,000 - 10,000 years old (even they can't agree on the age!), but it is inexcusable for people to vandalize a sign in a national park j...

This type of "religious" sign vandalism just drives me crazy! I realize not everyone believes the Earth is more than 6,000 - 10,000 years old (even they can't agree on the age!), but it is inexcusable for people to vandalize a sign in a national park just because it doesn't agree with their theology. These vandals are not going to change other's minds by removing this information. I'm sure these people would be very upset if their churches were damaged by vandals who didn't agree with their ideas! 1093
118 Even though Mt. Rainier is several miles away, the only highway around the park is still affected by the geology of the mountain. Rockslides and roadside collapses are common due to the unstable rock and ash that the highway is built on. This area of t...

Even though Mt. Rainier is several miles away, the only highway around the park is still affected by the geology of the mountain. Rockslides and roadside collapses are common due to the unstable rock and ash that the highway is built on. This area of t...

Even though Mt. Rainier is several miles away, the only highway around the park is still affected by the geology of the mountain. Rockslides and roadside collapses are common due to the unstable rock and ash that the highway is built on. This area of the highway was down to one lane for repairs because of a road collapse during the winter. 1139
119 We were amazed to see the large equipment that was being used to do the roadwork on the highway, a third machine was down the steep hill to the right. We wondered how it didn't tumble down hill! During the day, tandem dumptrucks brought load after load...

We were amazed to see the large equipment that was being used to do the roadwork on the highway, a third machine was down the steep hill to the right. We wondered how it didn't tumble down hill! During the day, tandem dumptrucks brought load after load...

We were amazed to see the large equipment that was being used to do the roadwork on the highway, a third machine was down the steep hill to the right. We wondered how it didn't tumble down hill! During the day, tandem dumptrucks brought load after load of boulders to the site as fill rock. 1170
120 This is an example of a rockslide along the highway around Mt. Rainier. I didn't want to stand under it for very long, it didn't look too stable!

This is an example of a rockslide along the highway around Mt. Rainier. I didn't want to stand under it for very long, it didn't look too stable!

This is an example of a rockslide along the highway around Mt. Rainier. I didn't want to stand under it for very long, it didn't look too stable! 1200
121 <strong>Elkslip Marsh Marigold</strong>
<em>Caltha leptosepala</em> / Buttercup Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

These large white wildflowers grow in damp soil, I usually saw them at the base of a hill near a ditch along the highway.

Elkslip Marsh Marigold Caltha leptosepala / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 These large white wildflowers grow in damp soil, I usually saw them at the base of a hill near a ditch along the highway.

Elkslip Marsh Marigold Caltha leptosepala / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 These large white wildflowers grow in damp soil, I usually saw them at the base of a hill near a ditch along the highway.


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122 <strong>Jeffery's Shooting Star</strong>
<em>Dodecatheon jefferyi</em> / Primrose Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

This plant grows in the same habitat as the Elkslip Marsh Marigold. I like the interesting flowers, they look like th...

Jeffery's Shooting Star Dodecatheon jefferyi / Primrose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This plant grows in the same habitat as the Elkslip Marsh Marigold. I like the interesting flowers, they look like th...

Jeffery's Shooting Star Dodecatheon jefferyi / Primrose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This plant grows in the same habitat as the Elkslip Marsh Marigold. I like the interesting flowers, they look like they are upside down. It was while I was photographing these plants that I heard the male Blue Grouse making his mating call.


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123 <strong>Blue grouse</strong>
<em>Dendragapus obscurus</em>
Mount Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

As I was photographing wildflowers I heard an odd, low "whump, whump" sound coming from the woods. It finally dawned on me that it might be a mal...

Blue grouse Dendragapus obscurus Mount Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 As I was photographing wildflowers I heard an odd, low "whump, whump" sound coming from the woods. It finally dawned on me that it might be a mal...

Blue grouse Dendragapus obscurus Mount Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 As I was photographing wildflowers I heard an odd, low "whump, whump" sound coming from the woods. It finally dawned on me that it might be a male grouse calling for a female. I scanned the hill above the parking lot across the highway and finally spotted this gorgeous bird. He was "strutting his stuff" in hopes of attracting a mate. That was an exciting spectacle to witness! 1284
124 <strong>Avalanche Lily</strong>
<em>Erythronium montanum</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

I had to wait until we got to the higher elevations of the park to see this beautiful wildflower. The first time I saw them they w...

Avalanche Lily Erythronium montanum / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 I had to wait until we got to the higher elevations of the park to see this beautiful wildflower. The first time I saw them they w...

Avalanche Lily Erythronium montanum / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 I had to wait until we got to the higher elevations of the park to see this beautiful wildflower. The first time I saw them they were drooping from being rained on. I took this photo the next day. Avalanche lilies are related to our Trout Lilies which bloom in early April.


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125 This Basalt column cliff was a common sight along the roadsides in Mt. Rainier. As the liquid rock cools it shrinks causing stress lines. The columns are usually 6-sided.

This Basalt column cliff was a common sight along the roadsides in Mt. Rainier. As the liquid rock cools it shrinks causing stress lines. The columns are usually 6-sided.

This Basalt column cliff was a common sight along the roadsides in Mt. Rainier. As the liquid rock cools it shrinks causing stress lines. The columns are usually 6-sided. 1341
126 This is a closer shot of Basalt blocks I saw from the road. Note the red and black stripes in some of the columns.

This is a closer shot of Basalt blocks I saw from the road. Note the red and black stripes in some of the columns.

This is a closer shot of Basalt blocks I saw from the road. Note the red and black stripes in some of the columns. 1176
127 <strong>Beargrass Plants</strong>
<em>Xerophyllum tenax</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

These 3' tall, unusual wildflowers grow in the higher elevations. An individual plant will bloom only every 5 to 6 years, that expl...

Beargrass Plants Xerophyllum tenax / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 These 3' tall, unusual wildflowers grow in the higher elevations. An individual plant will bloom only every 5 to 6 years, that expl...

Beargrass Plants Xerophyllum tenax / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 These 3' tall, unusual wildflowers grow in the higher elevations. An individual plant will bloom only every 5 to 6 years, that explains why we saw so many plants that had no flowers in some areas. The Native Americans in the Northwest once used the tough leaves of Beargrass to weave baskets.


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128 <strong>Beargrass close-up</strong>

Beargrass close-up

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129 <strong>Tall Bluebells</strong>
<em>Mertensia paniculata</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

These pretty blue flowers were a common sight along the roadsides in the higher elevations. Like other Bluebells, the buds are pink and become b...

Tall Bluebells Mertensia paniculata Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 These pretty blue flowers were a common sight along the roadsides in the higher elevations. Like other Bluebells, the buds are pink and become b...

Tall Bluebells Mertensia paniculata Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 These pretty blue flowers were a common sight along the roadsides in the higher elevations. Like other Bluebells, the buds are pink and become blue as the flowers open.


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130 <strong>Oval-leaved Blueberry</strong>
<em>Vaccinium ovalifolium</em> / Heath Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

We saw these shrubs blooming at the top of the Rampart Ridge trail. There are many different species of blueberries in th...

Oval-leaved Blueberry Vaccinium ovalifolium / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 We saw these shrubs blooming at the top of the Rampart Ridge trail. There are many different species of blueberries in th...

Oval-leaved Blueberry Vaccinium ovalifolium / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 We saw these shrubs blooming at the top of the Rampart Ridge trail. There are many different species of blueberries in the park. This one is an easy one to identify because it has reddish stems.


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131 Mt. Rainier looked "angelic" with a halo-like <em>cap cloud</em>, but these clouds are anything but heavenly; they are formed by strong upper level winds, making for some dangerous conditions for climbers. These clouds are forecasters of bad weather th...

Mt. Rainier looked "angelic" with a halo-like cap cloud, but these clouds are anything but heavenly; they are formed by strong upper level winds, making for some dangerous conditions for climbers. These clouds are forecasters of bad weather th...

Mt. Rainier looked "angelic" with a halo-like cap cloud, but these clouds are anything but heavenly; they are formed by strong upper level winds, making for some dangerous conditions for climbers. These clouds are forecasters of bad weather the following days. 1294
132 <strong>Osier Dogwood</strong>
<em>Cornus stolonifera</em> / Dogwood Family
Ashford, WA
June 22, 2009

This Dogwood is common growing near creeks. Unlike other members of the Dogwood family, this one does not have large bracts surrounding the smal...

Osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera / Dogwood Family Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 This Dogwood is common growing near creeks. Unlike other members of the Dogwood family, this one does not have large bracts surrounding the smal...

Osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera / Dogwood Family Ashford, WA June 22, 2009 This Dogwood is common growing near creeks. Unlike other members of the Dogwood family, this one does not have large bracts surrounding the small flowers.


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133 <strong>Red Elderberry</strong>
<em>Sambucus racemosa pubens</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

Later in the season these clusters of white flowers will become red berries. The berries are not edible until they have been cooked to remov...

Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa pubens Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Later in the season these clusters of white flowers will become red berries. The berries are not edible until they have been cooked to remov...

Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa pubens Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Later in the season these clusters of white flowers will become red berries. The berries are not edible until they have been cooked to remove a toxin.


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134 Mystery Plant #1

This plant must be related to Forget-Me-Not, but I can't find it in my books or on the internet.

Mystery Plant #1 This plant must be related to Forget-Me-Not, but I can't find it in my books or on the internet.

Mystery Plant #1 This plant must be related to Forget-Me-Not, but I can't find it in my books or on the internet. 1275
135 <strong>Hoary Marmot</strong>
<em>Marmota caligata</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

I was sorry this was the best I could do for a photo of a marmot! These creatures can be rather shy, so I couldn't approach very closely.

Hoary Marmot Marmota caligata Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 I was sorry this was the best I could do for a photo of a marmot! These creatures can be rather shy, so I couldn't approach very closely.

Hoary Marmot Marmota caligata Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 I was sorry this was the best I could do for a photo of a marmot! These creatures can be rather shy, so I couldn't approach very closely. 1249
136 <strong>Enchanter's Nightshade</strong>
<em>Circaea alpina</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

You have to look closely to appreciate the tiny white flowers on these plants. I'm not sure how it got the "nightshade" name.

Enchanter's Nightshade Circaea alpina / Evening Primrose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 You have to look closely to appreciate the tiny white flowers on these plants. I'm not sure how it got the "nightshade" name.

Enchanter's Nightshade Circaea alpina / Evening Primrose Family Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 You have to look closely to appreciate the tiny white flowers on these plants. I'm not sure how it got the "nightshade" name.


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137 <strong>Pasqueflower; Western Anemone</strong>
<em>Anemone occidentalis</em> / Buttercup Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

I spotted this plant growing in the grass in a curve along the highway in the higher elevations of the park. S...

Pasqueflower; Western Anemone Anemone occidentalis / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 I spotted this plant growing in the grass in a curve along the highway in the higher elevations of the park. S...

Pasqueflower; Western Anemone Anemone occidentalis / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 I spotted this plant growing in the grass in a curve along the highway in the higher elevations of the park. Since there was no place to pull over on the curve we had to park 100 yards or so up the highway in a small pull-off and I walked back. It was the only good specimen of this plant that I found, we were still a bit early for any mass blooms.


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138 <strong>Cliff Penstemon</strong>
<em>Penstemon rupicola</em> / Snapdragon Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

Even the most callous person who is totally uninterested in wildflowers could not ignore these shocking pink flowers growing ...

Cliff Penstemon Penstemon rupicola / Snapdragon Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Even the most callous person who is totally uninterested in wildflowers could not ignore these shocking pink flowers growing ...

Cliff Penstemon Penstemon rupicola / Snapdragon Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Even the most callous person who is totally uninterested in wildflowers could not ignore these shocking pink flowers growing on cliffs. To those of us who do love wildflowers, they were like rock stars! Men and women alike pulled over in their cars to photograph them!


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139 One rocky cliff had Cliff Penstemon, Harsh Paintbrush and Beargrass growing on it, needless to say, we weren't the only people who pulled into the nearby parking area to get out and take photos!

One rocky cliff had Cliff Penstemon, Harsh Paintbrush and Beargrass growing on it, needless to say, we weren't the only people who pulled into the nearby parking area to get out and take photos!

One rocky cliff had Cliff Penstemon, Harsh Paintbrush and Beargrass growing on it, needless to say, we weren't the only people who pulled into the nearby parking area to get out and take photos! 1256
140 <strong>Harsh Paintbrush</strong>
<em>Castilleja hispida</em> / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

These brilliant red flowers add a beautiful splash of color to the roadsides in the summer. The red parts are <em>...

Harsh Paintbrush Castilleja hispida / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 These brilliant red flowers add a beautiful splash of color to the roadsides in the summer. The red parts are ...

Harsh Paintbrush Castilleja hispida / Figwort (Snapdragon) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 These brilliant red flowers add a beautiful splash of color to the roadsides in the summer. The red parts are bracts, not petals. The actual flowers are the yellow points sticking out of the upper flowers.


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141 <strong>Harsh Paintbrush</strong> from above
<em>Castilleja hispida</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

This photo shows the yellow flowers better.

Harsh Paintbrush from above Castilleja hispida Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This photo shows the yellow flowers better.

Harsh Paintbrush from above Castilleja hispida Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This photo shows the yellow flowers better. 1302
142 <strong>Wooly Pussytoes</strong>
<em>Antennaria lanata</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

There are a few different species of "Pussytoes" in the park. I found these plants at the Kautz Creek trailhead. They get their common name from t...

Wooly Pussytoes Antennaria lanata Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 There are a few different species of "Pussytoes" in the park. I found these plants at the Kautz Creek trailhead. They get their common name from t...

Wooly Pussytoes Antennaria lanata Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 There are a few different species of "Pussytoes" in the park. I found these plants at the Kautz Creek trailhead. They get their common name from the appearance of the fuzzy flowers and seedheads.


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143 <strong>Showy Jacob's Ladder</strong>
<em>Polemonium pulcherrimum</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

I spotted these flowers blooming on a steep hill during a roadside stop to photograph some Avalanche Lilies. These plants were far enou...

Showy Jacob's Ladder Polemonium pulcherrimum Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 I spotted these flowers blooming on a steep hill during a roadside stop to photograph some Avalanche Lilies. These plants were far enou...

Showy Jacob's Ladder Polemonium pulcherrimum Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 I spotted these flowers blooming on a steep hill during a roadside stop to photograph some Avalanche Lilies. These plants were far enough away that I had to switch to my telephoto lens.


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144 <strong>Sitka Valerian</strong> - close-up
<em>Valeriana sitchensis</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

Sitka Valerian - close-up Valeriana sitchensis Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009

Sitka Valerian - close-up Valeriana sitchensis Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009


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145 <strong>Marsh Violet</strong>
<em>Viola palustris</em> / Violet Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

As the common name implies, this pretty little pale violet grows in damp areas near streams.

Marsh Violet Viola palustris / Violet Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 As the common name implies, this pretty little pale violet grows in damp areas near streams.

Marsh Violet Viola palustris / Violet Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 As the common name implies, this pretty little pale violet grows in damp areas near streams.


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146 <strong>Pioneer Violet; Stream Violet</strong>
<em>Viola glabella</em> / Violet Family
Mt. Rainer National Park
June 22, 2009

This is a very common violet in the lower and middle elevations of the park. Like the Marsh Violet, this plant grows in ...

Pioneer Violet; Stream Violet Viola glabella / Violet Family Mt. Rainer National Park June 22, 2009 This is a very common violet in the lower and middle elevations of the park. Like the Marsh Violet, this plant grows in ...

Pioneer Violet; Stream Violet Viola glabella / Violet Family Mt. Rainer National Park June 22, 2009 This is a very common violet in the lower and middle elevations of the park. Like the Marsh Violet, this plant grows in damp areas.


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147 <strong>Western Trumpet Honeysuckle</strong>
<em>Lonicera ciliosa</em> / Honeysuckle Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

Hummingbirds are attracted to the tube-shaped, orange flowers. Unlike the non-native Japanese Honeysuckle, this pl...

Western Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera ciliosa / Honeysuckle Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 Hummingbirds are attracted to the tube-shaped, orange flowers. Unlike the non-native Japanese Honeysuckle, this pl...

Western Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera ciliosa / Honeysuckle Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 Hummingbirds are attracted to the tube-shaped, orange flowers. Unlike the non-native Japanese Honeysuckle, this plant behaves itself and doesn't take over wherever it grows.


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148 <strong>Youth-on-Age; Piggy-back Plant</strong>
<em>Tolmiea menziesii</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

This plant gets its odd common name from the leaves, shortly after blooming, a tiny new leaf grows above the old...

Youth-on-Age; Piggy-back Plant Tolmiea menziesii / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This plant gets its odd common name from the leaves, shortly after blooming, a tiny new leaf grows above the old...

Youth-on-Age; Piggy-back Plant Tolmiea menziesii / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 This plant gets its odd common name from the leaves, shortly after blooming, a tiny new leaf grows above the old ones. The new leaves are a form of vegetative reproduction, each one can grow a new plant. 1095
149 <strong>Youth-on-Age; Piggy-back Plant</strong> close-up
<em>Tolmiea menziesii</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

Youth-on-Age; Piggy-back Plant close-up Tolmiea menziesii / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009

Youth-on-Age; Piggy-back Plant close-up Tolmiea menziesii / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009


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150 This shows how Youth-on-Age gets its name! The tiny leaf is the "youth" on the "aged" larger leaf.

This shows how Youth-on-Age gets its name! The tiny leaf is the "youth" on the "aged" larger leaf.

This shows how Youth-on-Age gets its name! The tiny leaf is the "youth" on the "aged" larger leaf. 1031
151 Sometimes I have to go to extremes to get my photos! I had spotted some tiny Blue-eyed Mary plants blooming several feet down on the other side of this wall. Since it would not have been legal for me to climb over it, I put my telephoto lens on my came...

Sometimes I have to go to extremes to get my photos! I had spotted some tiny Blue-eyed Mary plants blooming several feet down on the other side of this wall. Since it would not have been legal for me to climb over it, I put my telephoto lens on my came...

Sometimes I have to go to extremes to get my photos! I had spotted some tiny Blue-eyed Mary plants blooming several feet down on the other side of this wall. Since it would not have been legal for me to climb over it, I put my telephoto lens on my camera and reached over as far as possible. Kenny got this shot of me with the little Olympus pocket camera. 979
152 <strong>Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary</strong>
<em>Collinsia parviflora</em> / Snapdragon Family
Mt. Rainier National Park 
June 24, 2009

I found this little plant growing near the parking area of Box Canyon. I had to lean over a rock wall with a...

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary Collinsia parviflora / Snapdragon Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I found this little plant growing near the parking area of Box Canyon. I had to lean over a rock wall with a...

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary Collinsia parviflora / Snapdragon Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I found this little plant growing near the parking area of Box Canyon. I had to lean over a rock wall with a telephoto lens on my camera to get this shot because it grew far below the parking lot.


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153 <strong>Five-leaved Bramble; Creeping Raspberry</strong>
<em>Rubus pedatus</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

I spotted this plant growing along the Wonderland Trail just above Longmire. The flowers have an unusually long ...

Five-leaved Bramble; Creeping Raspberry Rubus pedatus / Rose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 I spotted this plant growing along the Wonderland Trail just above Longmire. The flowers have an unusually long ...

Five-leaved Bramble; Creeping Raspberry Rubus pedatus / Rose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 I spotted this plant growing along the Wonderland Trail just above Longmire. The flowers have an unusually long stem.


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154 <strong>Naked Broomrape</strong>
<em>Orobanche uniflora</em> / Snapdragon Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

I was really surprised to find these little parasitic wildflowers blooming on a damp rock cliff on the side of the road in th...

Naked Broomrape Orobanche uniflora / Snapdragon Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I was really surprised to find these little parasitic wildflowers blooming on a damp rock cliff on the side of the road in th...

Naked Broomrape Orobanche uniflora / Snapdragon Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I was really surprised to find these little parasitic wildflowers blooming on a damp rock cliff on the side of the road in the park. We had stopped so I could get a photo of a Monkeyflower, but as I explored other areas, I found this and some others. These plants are only about 3" tall, so they are very easy to overlook. They are parasitic on the roots of other plants, they are not a threat to wildflower enthusiasts! ;)


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155 <strong>Suksdorf's Buttercup</strong>
<em>Ranunculus suksdorfii</em> Buttercup 
Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

These pretty little flowers were blooming in a snow-free patch of ground along the trail above Paradise on the slopes ...

Suksdorf's Buttercup Ranunculus suksdorfii Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 These pretty little flowers were blooming in a snow-free patch of ground along the trail above Paradise on the slopes ...

Suksdorf's Buttercup Ranunculus suksdorfii Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 These pretty little flowers were blooming in a snow-free patch of ground along the trail above Paradise on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. The end of June was "spring" in the higher elevations of the park.


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156 Kris with the Candystick! I always have a "target plant" that I want to see when we go to a new area. I had wanted to find the Candystick for years after seeing it in a western wildflower book. I knew the Cascade Mountain range is one of the areas it g...

Kris with the Candystick! I always have a "target plant" that I want to see when we go to a new area. I had wanted to find the Candystick for years after seeing it in a western wildflower book. I knew the Cascade Mountain range is one of the areas it g...

Kris with the Candystick! I always have a "target plant" that I want to see when we go to a new area. I had wanted to find the Candystick for years after seeing it in a western wildflower book. I knew the Cascade Mountain range is one of the areas it grows. As we were hiking along the Rampart Ridge trail, I squealed with delight when I spotted this patch of Candysticks growing up the hill! (see next photo for a close up) 1283
157 <strong>Candystick</strong> - single plant
<em>Allotropa virgata</em> / Indian Pipe Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

What a thrill it was to find this unusual wildflower blooming in the low forest along the Rampart Ridge Trail! It i...

Candystick - single plant Allotropa virgata / Indian Pipe Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 What a thrill it was to find this unusual wildflower blooming in the low forest along the Rampart Ridge Trail! It i...

Candystick - single plant Allotropa virgata / Indian Pipe Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 What a thrill it was to find this unusual wildflower blooming in the low forest along the Rampart Ridge Trail! It is a saprophytic plant, it has no chlorophyll, so it has to get its nutrients from decaying plant material in the soil. These unusual plants are red and white striped, just like a peppermint candystick! This plant is still in bud.


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158 <strong>Sitka Columbine</strong>
<em>Aquilegia formosa</em> / Buttercup Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

The long red petals of this columbine are different than the more erect flowers we have in the east. They are very attractive t...

Sitka Columbine Aquilegia formosa / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 The long red petals of this columbine are different than the more erect flowers we have in the east. They are very attractive t...

Sitka Columbine Aquilegia formosa / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 The long red petals of this columbine are different than the more erect flowers we have in the east. They are very attractive to hummingbirds since they like red, tube-shaped flowers.


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159 <strong>Spotted Coralroot</strong>
<em>Corallorhiza maculata</em> / Orchid Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

This is another of the saprophytic orchids that I saw growing in Mt. Rainier. These orchids are up to 1' tall. Don't look fo...

Spotted Coralroot Corallorhiza maculata / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This is another of the saprophytic orchids that I saw growing in Mt. Rainier. These orchids are up to 1' tall. Don't look fo...

Spotted Coralroot Corallorhiza maculata / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This is another of the saprophytic orchids that I saw growing in Mt. Rainier. These orchids are up to 1' tall. Don't look for leaves on this plant, there aren't any!


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160 Copy of Coralroot Spotted3

Copy of Coralroot Spotted3

Copy of Coralroot Spotted3 1026
161 <strong>Red Swamp Currant</strong>
<em>Ribes triste</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

These plants grew in the mid-elevations of the park.

Red Swamp Currant Ribes triste / Rose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 These plants grew in the mid-elevations of the park.

Red Swamp Currant Ribes triste / Rose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 These plants grew in the mid-elevations of the park.


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162 <strong>Subalpine Daisy</strong>
<em>Erigeron peregrinus</em> / Aster 
Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This flower required a walk back up the road from a lower parking area since it was growing in an area where we couldn't pull o...

Subalpine Daisy Erigeron peregrinus / Aster Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This flower required a walk back up the road from a lower parking area since it was growing in an area where we couldn't pull o...

Subalpine Daisy Erigeron peregrinus / Aster Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This flower required a walk back up the road from a lower parking area since it was growing in an area where we couldn't pull over. There was still a few patches of snow hanging around on the opposite side of the road.


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163 <strong>Dwarf Bramble</strong>
<em>Rubus lasiococcus</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This little plant grows on the ground, if it wasn't for the white flowers, it would be easy to overlook. It is a vining plant.

Dwarf Bramble Rubus lasiococcus / Rose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This little plant grows on the ground, if it wasn't for the white flowers, it would be easy to overlook. It is a vining plant.

Dwarf Bramble Rubus lasiococcus / Rose Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This little plant grows on the ground, if it wasn't for the white flowers, it would be easy to overlook. It is a vining plant.


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164 <strong>Red Elderberry</strong>
<em>Sambucus racemosa pubens</em> /Caprifoliaceae
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

The red fruits of these plants are edible, but they must first be cooked.  All of the other parts of the plant are poisonous...

Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa pubens /Caprifoliaceae Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 The red fruits of these plants are edible, but they must first be cooked. All of the other parts of the plant are poisonous...

Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa pubens /Caprifoliaceae Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 The red fruits of these plants are edible, but they must first be cooked. All of the other parts of the plant are poisonous. We saw shrubs with the ripe berries in lower elevations in western Washington. 1101
165 <strong>Hooker's Fairybell</strong>
<em>Disporum hookeri</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

The little flowers of this plant are tricky to photograph, they are under the leaves. Later in the fall, there will be red berries...

Hooker's Fairybell Disporum hookeri / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 The little flowers of this plant are tricky to photograph, they are under the leaves. Later in the fall, there will be red berries...

Hooker's Fairybell Disporum hookeri / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 The little flowers of this plant are tricky to photograph, they are under the leaves. Later in the fall, there will be red berries where the flowers are.


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166 <strong>False Azalea;  Fool's Huckleberry</strong>
<em>Menziesia ferruginea</em>  / Heath Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

This shrub has coral-colored flowers with long stems. We found it growing along the Rampart Ridge Trail.

False Azalea; Fool's Huckleberry Menziesia ferruginea / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This shrub has coral-colored flowers with long stems. We found it growing along the Rampart Ridge Trail.

False Azalea; Fool's Huckleberry Menziesia ferruginea / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This shrub has coral-colored flowers with long stems. We found it growing along the Rampart Ridge Trail.


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167 <strong>False Solomon's Seal</strong>
<em>Smilacina racemosa</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This is one of the flowers that I recognized from home!

False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This is one of the flowers that I recognized from home!

False Solomon's Seal Smilacina racemosa / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This is one of the flowers that I recognized from home!


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168 <strong>Star-flowered False Solomon's-Seal</strong>
<em>Smilacina stellata</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This plant is a lot smaller than the ordinary False Solomon's Seal. It appeared that they were past their peak.

Star-flowered False Solomon's-Seal Smilacina stellata / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This plant is a lot smaller than the ordinary False Solomon's Seal. It appeared that they were past their peak.

Star-flowered False Solomon's-Seal Smilacina stellata / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This plant is a lot smaller than the ordinary False Solomon's Seal. It appeared that they were past their peak.


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169 Oak Fern

Oak Fern

Oak Fern 1030
170 Parsley Fern

Parsley Fern

Parsley Fern 967
171 <strong>Fringecup</strong> - plant
<em>Tellima grandiflora</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

Fringecup is related to Bishop's Cap that grows in the east. It is a much larger plant and flower.

Fringecup - plant Tellima grandiflora / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Fringecup is related to Bishop's Cap that grows in the east. It is a much larger plant and flower.

Fringecup - plant Tellima grandiflora / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Fringecup is related to Bishop's Cap that grows in the east. It is a much larger plant and flower.


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172 <strong>Fringecup</strong> - plant
<em>Tellima grandiflora</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

Fringecup - plant Tellima grandiflora / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009

Fringecup - plant Tellima grandiflora / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 1156
173 Bird's nest Fungus

Bird's nest Fungus

Bird's nest Fungus 921
174 <strong>Yellow Glacier Lily</strong>
<em>Erythronium grandiflorum</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

Since it was still spring in the higher elevations, we were a bit early for these flowers. We saw only one small patch, a...

Yellow Glacier Lily Erythronium grandiflorum / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 Since it was still spring in the higher elevations, we were a bit early for these flowers. We saw only one small patch, a...

Yellow Glacier Lily Erythronium grandiflorum / Lily Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 Since it was still spring in the higher elevations, we were a bit early for these flowers. We saw only one small patch, and that took a walk down the road from a pull-over. These are related to the Trout Lilies in the east.


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175 It was interesting to see this Glacier-scraped rock at Box Canyon. These marks were made several thousand years ago as an ancient glacier slowly ground against the mountain.

It was interesting to see this Glacier-scraped rock at Box Canyon. These marks were made several thousand years ago as an ancient glacier slowly ground against the mountain.

It was interesting to see this Glacier-scraped rock at Box Canyon. These marks were made several thousand years ago as an ancient glacier slowly ground against the mountain. 1047
176 Another example of Glacier-scraped igneous rock, the ice was not named "Hugo"!

Another example of Glacier-scraped igneous rock, the ice was not named "Hugo"!

Another example of Glacier-scraped igneous rock, the ice was not named "Hugo"! 822
177 Over the eons, the river has slowly carved over 100 feet through the rock in Box Canyon.

Over the eons, the river has slowly carved over 100 feet through the rock in Box Canyon.

Over the eons, the river has slowly carved over 100 feet through the rock in Box Canyon. 905
178 <strong>Gray Jay</strong>
<em>Perisoreus canadensis</em>
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

These are common birds in Washington. This one looks a bit scruffy, it is not as handsome as the illustration in my <u>Sibley Guide to Birds</u>!

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 These are common birds in Washington. This one looks a bit scruffy, it is not as handsome as the illustration in my Sibley Guide to Birds!

Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 These are common birds in Washington. This one looks a bit scruffy, it is not as handsome as the illustration in my Sibley Guide to Birds! 969
179 <strong>Rockslide Larkspur</strong>
<em>Delphinium glareosum</em> / Buttercup Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

I almost missed this small Larkspur as we hiked back to the parking lot from Box Canyon. All Larkspurs are poisonous.

Rockslide Larkspur Delphinium glareosum / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I almost missed this small Larkspur as we hiked back to the parking lot from Box Canyon. All Larkspurs are poisonous.

Rockslide Larkspur Delphinium glareosum / Buttercup Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I almost missed this small Larkspur as we hiked back to the parking lot from Box Canyon. All Larkspurs are poisonous.


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180 Map Lichen

Map Lichen

Map Lichen 964
181 <strong>Brewer's Miterwort</strong> - plant
<em>Mitella breweri</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

This is one of those plants that you have to get out of your car to see. It has an interesting little flower to see up...

Brewer's Miterwort - plant Mitella breweri / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 This is one of those plants that you have to get out of your car to see. It has an interesting little flower to see up...

Brewer's Miterwort - plant Mitella breweri / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 This is one of those plants that you have to get out of your car to see. It has an interesting little flower to see up close, it looks like a tiny green snowflake.


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182 <strong>Brewer's Miterwort</strong> close-up

Brewer's Miterwort close-up

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183 <strong>Five-stamened Miterwort</strong>  plants
<em>Mitella pentandra</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This Miterwort is slightly different from the previous one by having flatter flowers and a reddish tint inside.

Five-stamened Miterwort plants Mitella pentandra / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This Miterwort is slightly different from the previous one by having flatter flowers and a reddish tint inside.

Five-stamened Miterwort plants Mitella pentandra / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This Miterwort is slightly different from the previous one by having flatter flowers and a reddish tint inside.


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184 <strong>Five-stamened Miterwort</strong> close-up

Five-stamened Miterwort close-up

Five-stamened Miterwort close-up 966
185 <strong>Chickweed Monkeyflower </strong>
<em>Mimulus alsinoides</em> / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

I was delighted to find these small yellow Monkeyflowers blooming on a damp cliff as we drove to Box Canyon...

Chickweed Monkeyflower Mimulus alsinoides / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I was delighted to find these small yellow Monkeyflowers blooming on a damp cliff as we drove to Box Canyon...

Chickweed Monkeyflower Mimulus alsinoides / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I was delighted to find these small yellow Monkeyflowers blooming on a damp cliff as we drove to Box Canyon. I saw three different species of Monkeyflowers in the park.


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186 <strong>Common Monkeyflower</strong>
<em>Mimulus guttatus</em> / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This plant is very common along wet roadsides and damp meadows in the western states.

Common Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This plant is very common along wet roadsides and damp meadows in the western states.

Common Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This plant is very common along wet roadsides and damp meadows in the western states.


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187 <strong>Great Purple Monkeyflower</strong>
<em>Mimulus lewisii</em> / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

I found this beautiful wildflower blooming on a cliff when I stopped to investigate some other flowers. I lo...

Great Purple Monkeyflower Mimulus lewisii / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I found this beautiful wildflower blooming on a cliff when I stopped to investigate some other flowers. I lo...

Great Purple Monkeyflower Mimulus lewisii / Snapdragon (Figwort) Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 I found this beautiful wildflower blooming on a cliff when I stopped to investigate some other flowers. I love getting "two-fers"! Note the spider on the flower on the right.


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188 <strong>Small-leaved Montia; Streambank Spring Beauty</strong>
<em>Montia parvifolia</em> / Purslane Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 24, 2009

This plant grows on moist, rocky cliffs and banks. It is amazing to see such delicate flowers bloo...

Small-leaved Montia; Streambank Spring Beauty Montia parvifolia / Purslane Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This plant grows on moist, rocky cliffs and banks. It is amazing to see such delicate flowers bloo...

Small-leaved Montia; Streambank Spring Beauty Montia parvifolia / Purslane Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 24, 2009 This plant grows on moist, rocky cliffs and banks. It is amazing to see such delicate flowers blooming from the cracks of harsh lava rock! Also known as: Claytonia parvifolia


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189 <strong>Yellow Mountain Heather </strong>
<em>Phyllodoce glanduliflora</em> / Heath Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

This tough little plant is one of the first wildflowers to bloom after the snow melts in the high elevations. I fou...

Yellow Mountain Heather Phyllodoce glanduliflora / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 This tough little plant is one of the first wildflowers to bloom after the snow melts in the high elevations. I fou...

Yellow Mountain Heather Phyllodoce glanduliflora / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 This tough little plant is one of the first wildflowers to bloom after the snow melts in the high elevations. I found these in a snow-free patch of ground as I hiked through deep snow above Paradise at Mt. Rainier.


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190 <strong>Pink (Red) Mountain-Heather</strong>
<em>Phyllodoce empetriformis</em> / Heath Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

The best showing of these flowers was at the top of the Rampart Ridge Trail. There were many Heath family flower...

Pink (Red) Mountain-Heather Phyllodoce empetriformis / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 The best showing of these flowers was at the top of the Rampart Ridge Trail. There were many Heath family flower...

Pink (Red) Mountain-Heather Phyllodoce empetriformis / Heath Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 The best showing of these flowers was at the top of the Rampart Ridge Trail. There were many Heath family flowers up there.


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191 Kris in Paradise! Had we been there a month or so later, I really would have been in paradise, the wildflowers would have been at their peak! The area where the Main Visitor center is at Mt. Rainier is called Paradise! It was a slippery hike to reach t...

Kris in Paradise! Had we been there a month or so later, I really would have been in paradise, the wildflowers would have been at their peak! The area where the Main Visitor center is at Mt. Rainier is called Paradise! It was a slippery hike to reach t...

Kris in Paradise! Had we been there a month or so later, I really would have been in paradise, the wildflowers would have been at their peak! The area where the Main Visitor center is at Mt. Rainier is called Paradise! It was a slippery hike to reach this point, there was still up to 8 feet of snow on many parts of the trail! That seems so strange in late June! The mountains behind me are in the Tatoosh Range. The peak of Mt. Saint Helens is just visible on the horizon on the right side of the photo. This was taken by another hiker, Kenny had tired of slipping and slogging through the snow and had turned around before I got to this point. 987
192 We pulled over to see some wildflowers at Stevens Pass and were surprised to see the beautiful Martha Falls. We had just minutes before been parked in the overlook along the road just above the falls. Note the avalanche zones in this photo, the faster-...

We pulled over to see some wildflowers at Stevens Pass and were surprised to see the beautiful Martha Falls. We had just minutes before been parked in the overlook along the road just above the falls. Note the avalanche zones in this photo, the faster-...

We pulled over to see some wildflowers at Stevens Pass and were surprised to see the beautiful Martha Falls. We had just minutes before been parked in the overlook along the road just above the falls. Note the avalanche zones in this photo, the faster-growing light green plants grow in the areas where snow slides and rock slides often occur. The evergreen trees are slower growing, they can't survive in those areas. A short section of the 90-mile Wonderland Trail is visible in the lower left side of this photo. 935
193 On our drive to Box Canyon, we stopped to admire the view of the valley along the highway. We were surprised to see Martha Falls plunging over the cliff far below where we had parked at an overlook at Stevens Pass minutes before.

On our drive to Box Canyon, we stopped to admire the view of the valley along the highway. We were surprised to see Martha Falls plunging over the cliff far below where we had parked at an overlook at Stevens Pass minutes before.

On our drive to Box Canyon, we stopped to admire the view of the valley along the highway. We were surprised to see Martha Falls plunging over the cliff far below where we had parked at an overlook at Stevens Pass minutes before. 927
194 The road at Stevens Pass is in an area that has had numerous rock slides! Volcanoes are not the most stable landforms to build roads on!

The road at Stevens Pass is in an area that has had numerous rock slides! Volcanoes are not the most stable landforms to build roads on!

The road at Stevens Pass is in an area that has had numerous rock slides! Volcanoes are not the most stable landforms to build roads on! 911
195 We had to stop so I could get some pictures of these gorgeous flowers with the partly-concealed Mt. Rainier in the background. It took a bit of a walk back up the road, but it was worth it!

We had to stop so I could get some pictures of these gorgeous flowers with the partly-concealed Mt. Rainier in the background. It took a bit of a walk back up the road, but it was worth it!

We had to stop so I could get some pictures of these gorgeous flowers with the partly-concealed Mt. Rainier in the background. It took a bit of a walk back up the road, but it was worth it! 980
196 <strong>Slender Bog Orchid</strong> - plant
<em>Platanthera stricta</em> / Orchid Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

Green flowers don't show up very well, I nearly passed this one up as I was photographing the Brewer's Miterwort.

Slender Bog Orchid - plant Platanthera stricta / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Green flowers don't show up very well, I nearly passed this one up as I was photographing the Brewer's Miterwort.

Slender Bog Orchid - plant Platanthera stricta / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 Green flowers don't show up very well, I nearly passed this one up as I was photographing the Brewer's Miterwort.


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197 <strong>Heart-leaved Twayblade Orchid</strong>
<em>Listera cordata</em> / Orchid Family
Mt. Rainier National Park 
June 22, 2009

The first time I saw this plant was while we were hiking along the Kautz Creek trail. I thought it was another wildfl...

Heart-leaved Twayblade Orchid Listera cordata / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 The first time I saw this plant was while we were hiking along the Kautz Creek trail. I thought it was another wildfl...

Heart-leaved Twayblade Orchid Listera cordata / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 22, 2009 The first time I saw this plant was while we were hiking along the Kautz Creek trail. I thought it was another wildflower that had already bloomed, so I didn't bother to take a photo of it. When I got back to the cabin that night, I was scanning through my book and saw that it was an orchid! Luckily, two days later I found it again when I was searching for a Calypso orchid in the woods near Longmire. I didn't get so lucky on that one, it had already bloomed! My orchid search wasn't in vain though, while I was there I found the following little green orchid too! The difference in the flowers is in the lower petal shape, this one is forked, like a snake's tongue.


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198 <strong>Northwestern Twayblade Orchid</strong>
<em>Listera caurina</em> / Orchid Family
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 23, 2009

The lower lip of this little orchid is flat. This was another flower that is easy to overlook!

Northwestern Twayblade Orchid Listera caurina / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 The lower lip of this little orchid is flat. This was another flower that is easy to overlook!

Northwestern Twayblade Orchid Listera caurina / Orchid Family Mt. Rainier National Park June 23, 2009 The lower lip of this little orchid is flat. This was another flower that is easy to overlook!


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199 <strong>Dull Oregon Grape</strong>
<em>Mahonia nervosa</em> / 
Mt. Rainier National Park
June 25, 2009

This was one of the few plants I saw blooming, most were well past their peak and had berries forming on them.

Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa / Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This was one of the few plants I saw blooming, most were well past their peak and had berries forming on them.

Dull Oregon Grape Mahonia nervosa / Mt. Rainier National Park June 25, 2009 This was one of the few plants I saw blooming, most were well past their peak and had berries forming on them.


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200 Pacific Water Parsnip

Pacific Water Parsnip

Pacific Water Parsnip 1000
201 <strong>Spreading Phlox</strong>
<em>Phlox diffusa</em>
Mt. Rainier NP
June 22, 2009

This phlox grows very low to the ground.

Spreading Phlox Phlox diffusa Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 This phlox grows very low to the ground.

Spreading Phlox Phlox diffusa Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 This phlox grows very low to the ground.


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202 <strong>Pinesap</strong>
<em>Hypopitys monotropa</em>
Mt. Rainier NP 
June 25, 2009

I found these interesting saprophytic wildflowers growing along a trail on our last day in the park.

Pinesap Hypopitys monotropa Mt. Rainier NP June 25, 2009 I found these interesting saprophytic wildflowers growing along a trail on our last day in the park.

Pinesap Hypopitys monotropa Mt. Rainier NP June 25, 2009 I found these interesting saprophytic wildflowers growing along a trail on our last day in the park.


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203 <strong>Rosy Pussytoes </strong>
<em>Antennaria microphylla</em> / Aster Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Pussytoes are interesting little flowers.

Rosy Pussytoes Antennaria microphylla / Aster Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 Pussytoes are interesting little flowers.

Rosy Pussytoes Antennaria microphylla / Aster Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 Pussytoes are interesting little flowers.


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204 <strong>Rosy Twisted-stalk</strong>
<em>Streptopus roseus</em> / Lily family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

The distinctive kinked stalk on the flowers makes this an easy plant to identify.

Rosy Twisted-stalk Streptopus roseus / Lily family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 The distinctive kinked stalk on the flowers makes this an easy plant to identify.

Rosy Twisted-stalk Streptopus roseus / Lily family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 The distinctive kinked stalk on the flowers makes this an easy plant to identify.


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205 <strong>Salmonberry</strong>
<em>Rubus spectabilis</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier NP 
June 24, 2009

I found this flower growing along the road on one of our many stops to gawk at the scenery.

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 I found this flower growing along the road on one of our many stops to gawk at the scenery.

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 I found this flower growing along the road on one of our many stops to gawk at the scenery.


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206 <strong>Big-leaved Sandwort </strong>
<em>Moehringia macrophylla</em> / Pink Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 23, 2009

This plant was growing along the trail down to Christine Falls.

Big-leaved Sandwort Moehringia macrophylla / Pink Family Mt. Rainier NP June 23, 2009 This plant was growing along the trail down to Christine Falls.

Big-leaved Sandwort Moehringia macrophylla / Pink Family Mt. Rainier NP June 23, 2009 This plant was growing along the trail down to Christine Falls.


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207 <strong>Crisp Sandwort</strong>
<em>Stellaria crispa</em> / Pink Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Crisp Sandwort Stellaria crispa / Pink Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009

Crisp Sandwort Stellaria crispa / Pink Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009


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208 <strong>Alaska Saxifrage</strong>
<em>Saxifraga ferruginea</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Alaska Saxifrage Saxifraga ferruginea / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009

Alaska Saxifrage Saxifraga ferruginea / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009


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209 <strong>Leather-leaf Saxifrage</strong>
<em>Leptarrhena pyrolifolia</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 23, 2009

Leather-leaf Saxifrage Leptarrhena pyrolifolia / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier NP June 23, 2009

Leather-leaf Saxifrage Leptarrhena pyrolifolia / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier NP June 23, 2009


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210 <strong>Mertens' Saxifrage; Wood Saxifrage</strong>
<em>Saxifraga mertensiana</em> / Saxifrage Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 23, 2009

Mertens' Saxifrage; Wood Saxifrage Saxifraga mertensiana / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier NP June 23, 2009

Mertens' Saxifrage; Wood Saxifrage Saxifraga mertensiana / Saxifrage Family Mt. Rainier NP June 23, 2009


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211 <strong>Siberian Miners' Lettuce; Candy Flower</strong>
<em>Claytonia sibirica</em> / Purslane Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Like our related Spring Beauty in the east, these flowers have thin, pink stripes on the petals.

Siberian Miners' Lettuce; Candy Flower Claytonia sibirica / Purslane Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 Like our related Spring Beauty in the east, these flowers have thin, pink stripes on the petals.

Siberian Miners' Lettuce; Candy Flower Claytonia sibirica / Purslane Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 Like our related Spring Beauty in the east, these flowers have thin, pink stripes on the petals. 1596
212 <strong>Sitka Mountain Ash</strong>
<em>Sorbus sitchensis</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

This is a common small tree in the mountains. Later in the autumn it will have bright red berries.

Sitka Mountain Ash Sorbus sitchensis / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 This is a common small tree in the mountains. Later in the autumn it will have bright red berries.

Sitka Mountain Ash Sorbus sitchensis / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 This is a common small tree in the mountains. Later in the autumn it will have bright red berries.


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213 <strong>Skunk Cabbage</strong>
<em>Lysichiton americanum</em> / Arum Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 25, 2009

I was excited to find this flower blooming so late in the season, they normally bloom in April. The leaves of Skunk Cabbage can grow to be ne...

Skunk Cabbage Lysichiton americanum / Arum Family Mt. Rainier NP June 25, 2009 I was excited to find this flower blooming so late in the season, they normally bloom in April. The leaves of Skunk Cabbage can grow to be ne...

Skunk Cabbage Lysichiton americanum / Arum Family Mt. Rainier NP June 25, 2009 I was excited to find this flower blooming so late in the season, they normally bloom in April. The leaves of Skunk Cabbage can grow to be nearly 4' tall!


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214 <strong>Mountain Spiraea; Rosy Spiraea; Rose Meadowsweet; Subalpine Spirea
</strong>
<em>Spiraea splendens</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Mountain Spiraea; Rosy Spiraea; Rose Meadowsweet; Subalpine Spirea Spiraea splendens / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009

Mountain Spiraea; Rosy Spiraea; Rose Meadowsweet; Subalpine Spirea Spiraea splendens / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009


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215 I enjoyed watching this Squirrel scampering on the trees at our cabin in Ashford, WA.

I enjoyed watching this Squirrel scampering on the trees at our cabin in Ashford, WA.

I enjoyed watching this Squirrel scampering on the trees at our cabin in Ashford, WA. 965
216 <strong>Broad-leaved Stonecrop</strong>
<em>Sedum spathulifolium</em> / Stonecrop Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

I wish I could have found these flowers in bloom instead of just in bud!

Broad-leaved Stonecrop Sedum spathulifolium / Stonecrop Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 I wish I could have found these flowers in bloom instead of just in bud!

Broad-leaved Stonecrop Sedum spathulifolium / Stonecrop Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 I wish I could have found these flowers in bloom instead of just in bud!


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217 <strong>Western Trillium </strong>
<em>Trillium ovatum</em> / Lily Family
Mt. Rainier NP 
June 22, 2009

It was a nice surprise to find trillium blooming in June, at home they are gone by the end of April.

Western Trillium Trillium ovatum / Lily Family Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 It was a nice surprise to find trillium blooming in June, at home they are gone by the end of April.

Western Trillium Trillium ovatum / Lily Family Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 It was a nice surprise to find trillium blooming in June, at home they are gone by the end of April.


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218 <strong>Vanilla-leaf</strong>
<em>Achlys triphylla</em> / Berberidaceae
Mt. Rainier NP
June 22, 2009

These plants grow in huge patches. We had to go into higher areas of the park to find them in bloom.

Vanilla-leaf Achlys triphylla / Berberidaceae Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 These plants grow in huge patches. We had to go into higher areas of the park to find them in bloom.

Vanilla-leaf Achlys triphylla / Berberidaceae Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 These plants grow in huge patches. We had to go into higher areas of the park to find them in bloom.


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219 <strong>Vine Maple</strong>
<em>Acer circinatum</em> 
Mt. Rainier NP
June 25, 2009

Normally I don't photograph tree flowers, but these have such attractive blooms I decided to include them. The flowers become bright red <em>samaras</em> or winged...

Vine Maple Acer circinatum Mt. Rainier NP June 25, 2009 Normally I don't photograph tree flowers, but these have such attractive blooms I decided to include them. The flowers become bright red samaras or winged...

Vine Maple Acer circinatum Mt. Rainier NP June 25, 2009 Normally I don't photograph tree flowers, but these have such attractive blooms I decided to include them. The flowers become bright red samaras or winged seeds (a.k.a. "helicopters").


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220 <strong>Marsh Violet</strong>
<em>Viola palustris</em> / Violet Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Marsh Violet Viola palustris / Violet Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009

Marsh Violet Viola palustris / Violet Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 1053
221 <strong>Round-leaved Yellow Violet</strong>
<em>Viola orbiculata</em> / Violet Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 22, 2009

I saw lots of these pretty little yellow flowers growing along the trails in the higher areas of the park.

Round-leaved Yellow Violet Viola orbiculata / Violet Family Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 I saw lots of these pretty little yellow flowers growing along the trails in the higher areas of the park.

Round-leaved Yellow Violet Viola orbiculata / Violet Family Mt. Rainier NP June 22, 2009 I saw lots of these pretty little yellow flowers growing along the trails in the higher areas of the park.


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222 <strong>Vari-leaved Collomia</strong>
<em>Collomia heterophylla</em> / Phlox Family Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

The rocky ground near Box Canyon was covered with these tiny pink flowers.

Vari-leaved Collomia Collomia heterophylla / Phlox Family Rainier NP June 24, 2009 The rocky ground near Box Canyon was covered with these tiny pink flowers.

Vari-leaved Collomia Collomia heterophylla / Phlox Family Rainier NP June 24, 2009 The rocky ground near Box Canyon was covered with these tiny pink flowers.


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223 <strong>Fendler's Waterleaf </strong>
<em>Hydrophyllum fendleri</em> / Waterleaf Family
Snoqualmie Falls, WA
June 19, 2009

Fendler's Waterleaf Hydrophyllum fendleri / Waterleaf Family Snoqualmie Falls, WA June 19, 2009

Fendler's Waterleaf Hydrophyllum fendleri / Waterleaf Family Snoqualmie Falls, WA June 19, 2009


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224 <strong>Western Serviceberry</strong>
<em>Amelanchier alnifolia</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

I found these flowers blooming near Box Canyon.

Western Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 I found these flowers blooming near Box Canyon.

Western Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009 I found these flowers blooming near Box Canyon.


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225 <strong>Purple-leaved Willowherb</strong>
<em>Epilobium ciliatum</em> / Evening Primrose
Seattle, WA
June 17, 2009

I found this plant growing in Seward Park shortly after we arrived in Seattle.

Purple-leaved Willowherb Epilobium ciliatum / Evening Primrose Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I found this plant growing in Seward Park shortly after we arrived in Seattle.

Purple-leaved Willowherb Epilobium ciliatum / Evening Primrose Seattle, WA June 17, 2009 I found this plant growing in Seward Park shortly after we arrived in Seattle.


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226 <strong>Small-flowered Willowherb</strong>
<em>Epilobium minutum</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Small-flowered Willowherb Epilobium minutum / Evening Primrose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009

Small-flowered Willowherb Epilobium minutum / Evening Primrose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009


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227 <strong>Woods Strawberry</strong>
<em>Fragaria vesca</em> / Rose Family
Mt. Rainier NP
June 24, 2009

Woods Strawberry Fragaria vesca / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009

Woods Strawberry Fragaria vesca / Rose Family Mt. Rainier NP June 24, 2009


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228 <strong>Wooly Eriophyllum</strong>
<em>Eriophyllum lanatum</em> / Aster Family
Orcas Island, WA
June 20, 2009

This plant has silvery leaves making it one of the easier "DYCs" to identify.

Wooly Eriophyllum Eriophyllum lanatum / Aster Family Orcas Island, WA June 20, 2009 This plant has silvery leaves making it one of the easier "DYCs" to identify.

Wooly Eriophyllum Eriophyllum lanatum / Aster Family Orcas Island, WA June 20, 2009 This plant has silvery leaves making it one of the easier "DYCs" to identify.


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