Friday, July 15, 2016

Larch Mountain

Western coralroot.
Jasper and I went to Larch Mountain to wander happily in search of wildflowers. The earliest spring blooms had faded and the next wave had arrived.  There were many oddities among them, coralroots and pinesap blooms which flourish below the tall trees with no concern for the sunlight, because these plants to not photosynthesize.  They show themselves above ground just to flower, and get their nutrients as "saprophytes", from decaying plants or fungi.  They are among my most favorite wildflowers.  We also took a short side trail to Sherrard Point to see the sweeping views. It was a nice clear day, and all of the closest volcanic peaks were visible- Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams. 

Bunchberry.
Spotted coralroot.
Vanilla leaf. 

Western coralroot.
Yellow paintbrush.
Red admiral butterfly.
View from Sherrard Point.
View from Sherrard Point.
Penstemon. 
Rhododendron.
Pinesap.
Western coralroot.
Pinesap.
Pinesap.
Queen-cup.
Foamflower.
Jasper poses beside the biggest shelf fungi ever!
Western coralroot.
Western coralroot.

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