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More of the Summer Bloom in the Sierra Nevada. These pictures come from Prosser Lake, an artificial water system, north of Truckee  that was conceived of as means to manage the water level in Lake Tahoe through the Truckee river. The habitat that has grown up around the lake has become prime real estate for the return of the Bald Eagle. We saw this youngster hanging out in the tallest and oldest Sugar Pine along the West Shore Trail. click to enlarge. Above Sulphur Flower Eriogonum umbellatum.

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You will have to enlarge the above image to really make them out, but the gorgeous Leichtlin’s Mariposa Lily Calochortus leichtlinii. The summer wildflowers continue – I will report again in a couple of weeks when I go up again, but I expect they will be closing their bloom by then.

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Prosser Lake is at 5,700 feet. 1000 feet under (and in a much more wet environment) than the flowers I posted the other day.

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Bolander’s Dandelion Phalacroseris bolanderi

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Waterleaf Phacelia Nemophilia heterophylla so thick it is like a ground cover.

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Seep-spring Monkeyflower Mimulas guttatus

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Large-leaved Lupine Lupinus polyphyllus

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