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
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
Most amazing wildflower of the weekend, possibly of all time, these were over 6 feet tall…
And drooping over the bubbling creek
Mixed in with the electric oranges were these lascivious purples
Giant is no exaggeration, they were over 8 feet tall
And then a riot of yellows bursting from every crevice
Amid all the cacaphony of color these delicate whites strike a blow for the beauty of neutrality
Not to be outdone the pinks reassert the kaleidoscopic pallette
The shimmering curl leaf mahogany escorts us out of the canyon
Thanks for coming along, hope you enjoyed.