Can be quite the process on Mt. Rainier this time of year [g]. I spent the day up at Paradise (including a short jaunt down to Stevens Canyon) today, and counted 28 wildflower species that I could identify, and at least one that wasn’t in my book. Not bad when you consider that there were still two and three-foot snowdrifts around and about at Paradise. Instead of showing you the usual tourist pictures of the mountain for this trip, I thought I’d pull a Katrina (a birder friend who posts lists with accompanying photos) and show you some of what I saw.
I love summer, and mountain wildflowers are a big part of the reason why.
Oh, and here’s the list of everything I saw today that I could identify:
Avalanche lilies (white)
Glacier lilies (yellow)
Columbia red columbines
Jeffrey’s shooting stars
Two kinds of penstemon, Davidson’s and one not in my book
Two kinds of paintbrush (magenta and scarlet)
Columbia tiger lily
Oh, and one more thing, or, rather, two. I saw a dipper at Myrtle Falls (at least I think it was a dipper — it was too far away for a formal ID, but it was acting very much like a dipper, which is pretty distinctive, at least I’ve never seen any other kind of bird that dives into pools just above waterfalls). And a pika skittered across the trail in front of me on my way back from Myrtle Falls. He was too fast to get a photo. But you can hear the pikas everywhere up there this time of year. They sound very odd.
That’s it. I think [g]. It was a gorgeous day in Paradise, what can I say?