Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cooper Mountain

Cooper Mountain Nature Park is bursting with late spring blooms.  Pale larkspur, a seriously rare plant, fills several meadows with thousands of tall white spikes.  We wandered down a couple trails we hadn't explored before, and also visited the pond, a favorite spot for spotting snakes and tadpoles before the summer heat dries it up. 
Hairy vetch.
Clover.
Yarrow.
Hairy cat's ear.
Cinquefoil.
Fringecup.
Snowberry.
This is obviously a coralroot, but not striped, spotted or western.  Could it be
Corallorhiza maculata var. ozettensis, a pretty rare find?  Either way it certainly is pretty!
Red columbine.
Ball-head cluster lily.
Pale larkspur.
Pale larkspur.
Bachelor's button.
Bachelor's button.
Yellow parentucellia.
Cut-leaved geranium.
Sharptooth angelica.
Suksdorf's sorrel.
Ball-head cluster lily.
Bachelor's button.
Oregon geranium.
Bachelor's buttons.
Jasper was very excited to catch a garter snake.
Froglet.
Froglet.
Western trumpet honeysuckle.
Cinquefoil.

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