A fading trillium, in sun speckled shadows, very fragrant when fresh and still beautiful in lily symmetry of three by three by three. She's one of the first blooming flowers of springtime, and at higher elevations, she's still quite showy in early summer.
Marsh marigold, caltha leptosepala. When you meet this one, you will notice your boots are getting wet; the marsh marigolds pop up in the wettest places, in standing water, right in puddles of melting snow and in places where thaw-gorged streams have overrun their banks. So you will find yourself picking your way carefully, keeping your boots dry, but also to avoid crushing the beautiful display.
The tight volute of a fern tip unfurls as the growth expands. An exciting structure, filled with potential. Of course, they are also called fiddle heads. Friends tell me they are delicious if you like to forage for greens.
The appearance of the columbine, aquilegia formosa, always says "no doubt about summer now." It used to be our national flower, and the President's aircraft was called "The Columbine," but now an usurper rose has the honors. This one is oblivious to our small ways and un-self-consciously magnificent; a good way to be.
dodecatheon jeffreyi, with petals so like the plumes of light shed by a falling star. It's so tempting to have a favorite, and if I did, this one would be right up there with my most beloved.
Just because you're common and bear mediocre fruit, doesn't mean you aren't extraordinary -- here's the salmon berry, rubus spectabilus, that forms great patches of the understorey and produces a fruit most but bears ignore, because it's quite bland. But do appreciate the magenta blossoms; there's nothing bland about that brilliant color that sparkles everywhere amongst the broad leaves, vines and short thorns. The bees and bears don't ignore her, so why should you?
It was such a perfect day, I never got around to taking any landscape shots, being too entranced with the closeup world of flowering plants.
Next to come, the native orchids will begin blooming, right now, they're a bit subtle for my camera, when they're hiding in the grasses, disguised as something undistinguished. That's another day trip, later on this summer. So, don't you like my friends and don't you wish you knew them, too?