Lupine in Leavenworth

Lupine in Leavenworth

I recently drove over to Leavenworth (Washington) to meet a group of friends for a little reunion. Leavenworth is a Bavarian-themed town just on the east side of Steven’s Pass over the North-Central Cascades. We stayed at a the Icicle Village Resort and had a great time reminiscing and laughing. We had a couple hours where we were free to wander the town, shopping, eating or taking photos. I found this nice patch of lupine … a little crop job and you can’t even see the miniature golf course just beside it.

Columbine

Columbine

I have wild columbine growing in my garden. Well, it’s wild now. I think the previous owner planted them. They are a blue tinted variety and they spread like weeds. (but they’re prettier) This one was wild and growing in sub-alpine terrain in the Olympic National Park at about 5000 feet.

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria)

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria)

I have mixed feelings about wildflower identification. Some I know well and enjoy and struggle to remember their ‘proper’ names. Others I take photos of and try to identify after the fact by comparing the photos to images in my wildflower guidebooks. Usually that works. But in order to make a definitive ID on some flowers, you have to dissect parts or dig up the roots. I don’t feel like it’s that important for me to make an identification … I’d rather let the plant live.

Blue-eyed Grass (?)

Blue-eyed Grass (?)

Okay, so I think this is Blue-eyed Grass (Idaho Blue-eyed Grass ?). A member of the Iris family … but to me, it looks more like a member of the lily family. I found this over in the pine woods of Lincoln County, WA … in March.

Camas

Camas

Camas Lilies are found in large patches … Lewis and Clark reported finding them so dense in some locations that the prairie resembled blue lakes. The native peoples harvested the bulbs for food.

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