A glorious day of hunting wildflowers in the Blues with our guides Jeff and Cheryl Fredson was a day of discoveries. The flowers were bagged one by one with checkmarks on a list prepared ahead of time by Cheryl.
Early on I lost my yellow, #2 pencil in a field of flowers. When I backtracked to locate it, I couldn't find it, but I spotted the tip of a pencil under some wild strawberry leaves. Here was my replacement writing implement. A rare first find in the woods:
Although the flowers were absolutely the highlight of the trip, the trees offered their own version of sensuous and lovely.
|Pine Tree Buds Opening|
|Western Cone Flower|
Green can be a most sensuous color.
|Leaves of the California Corn Lily - Common in Target Meadows, OR|
|An unidentified bug coming in for a Landing on a Corn Lily|
The blossom of the Alpine Mitrewort (above) is only an eighth of an inch wide, but a very tiny bug would appreciate the beckoning arms. The plant with a backdrop of green is easy to overlook by humans. We found it by a tiny stream in Target Meadows.
Least you be tired of green, here are a few of of the other flowers that we saw:
|Big Head Clover|
|Skyrocket Scarlet Gilia and Harsh Indian Paintbrush (orange)|
And a rare flower – previously unlisted on the Umatilla Forest Species List – a Silver Crown Luina: