Day 3 in the Sierras – Lundy Canyon

For the third day in a row we headed north from June Lake, everything south was covered in an ashy haze.  7 miles past Lee Vining is Lundy Lake, which we passed and started our way up the canyon.  The creek connects numerous beaver ponds and vast meadows.  And for wildflowers, meadows rule.

Shrubs that we got to enjoy for the first day included Tobacco brush (a local ceanothus), serviceberry, Western chokecherry, Scouler’s willow and the local relative to our Oceanspray, Small-leaved Cream bush

Small-leaf mountain Cream Bush

Small-leaf mountain Cream Bush

The foliage smells like fermented apples.  In confirming this I accidentally inhaled some dried flower matter.

As usual, a bit of a climb through the hot ‘n’ dusty before you get to the colorful stuff, no less beautiful with beaver ponds and streams connecting them

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Most amazing wildflower of the weekend, possibly of all time, these were over 6 feet tall…

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Sierra fritillary

Scarlet fritillary

And drooping over the bubbling creek

Western columbine

Western columbine

Mixed in with the electric oranges were these lascivious purples

Western monkshood

Western monkshood

Giant mountain larkspur

Giant mountain larkspur

Giant is no exaggeration, they were over 8 feet tall

And then a riot of yellows bursting from every crevice

Seep monkeyflower

Seep monkeyflower

Groundsel

Groundsel

Arnica

Arnica

Amid all the cacaphony of color these delicate whites strike a blow for the beauty of neutrality

White rein orchid

White rein orchid

Rangers buttons

Rangers buttons

Leichtlin's mariposa lily

Leichtlin’s mariposa lily

Not to be outdone the pinks reassert the kaleidoscopic pallette

Anderson's thistle

Anderson’s thistle

Mountain spirea

Mountain spirea

Twinberry

Twinberry

The shimmering curl leaf mahogany escorts us out of the canyon

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Thanks for coming along, hope you enjoyed.

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2 Responses to Day 3 in the Sierras – Lundy Canyon

  1. ocdreader says:

    I wish the fritilary, monkshood and larkspur worked in our yard. They are amazing!!

  2. lanny says:

    Great armchair travelogue. Thanks.

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