It is hard to describe the harmonious delight that is the High Sierra Wildflower bloom. There is concert there. There is cooperation – every plant makes way for their neighbors in a wild urban (herban) scenario that does this California boy’s heart right. It only happens for a few weeks a year, and it is happening now. Get up there. These pictures are all taken at 7000′, 35 miles north of Lake Tahoe in the Truckee area. Above, Deer Brush Ceanothus Integerrimus and Showy Pentstemon Penstemon speciosus.
Timberline Phacelia Phacelia hastata
Goat’s Beard Tragopogon dubius
Valerian Valeriana californica
Rock Cress Arabis holboellii
Blue Elderberry Sambucus mexicana, foreground, just about to bloom
Above Donner Lake.
We at Juniper Ridge are going to turn this into some kind of perfume. Alpine Coyote mint Monardella odoratissima
fields, literally acres, of the most common big daisy, Woolly Mule’s Ears Wyethia mollis. Here are some better pictures below