One hike…and 23 wildflowers…part one

This was a longish hike, to Lambs Canyon Pass and beyond, part of which I had made before…once in the middle of January or February when I had turned around 30 yards shy of the pass, as the snow was over my knees and making the hike more work than fun.  At any rate, I set out this past Sunday to accomplish the entire trail, two miles along the Pipeline Trail in Millcreek Canyon to the trailhead just beyond Elbow Fork, two miles up to the pass, and then another two miles down to the road in Lambs Canyon…and then turned around and did it all in reverse order to make it home again.  As I began the hike, I noticed different flowers that appeared in single bunches or individual plants and then didn’t notice any others of their kind anywhere along the trail…so I started taking pictures of what I found…and as the hours and miles ticked by, I thought about all of the different flowers that I had encountered and couldn’t help but smile and think of Allen from New Hampshire Garden Solutions and his comments on earlier posts, something to the effect of “Wow…that looks like a good place to find a bunch of wildflowers.”  If you aren’t familiar with Allen’s blog, I highly recommend a visit…it’s chock-full of beautiful photographs of wildflowers and plants that he encounters during his own forays into the wild, as well as those from his garden and other New Hampshire locations that he frequents…each post of photographs also includes an interesting narrative about each plant.  So here you are, Allen…part one of three.  The photos aren’t of the best quality, as the morning sun was quite bright and caused a bit of over-exposure on some of them, but I think they are still a fair representation of the natural beauty of the flowers as they adorned the trail to Lambs Canyon.

to be continued….

26 responses

  1. very nice shot of the butterfly. I get Tigers in my yard, but they don’t hang around when they see the camera.

    I think the first one is the Salsify flower.

    Looks like a walk well done.

    June 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

    • Thank you, Emilio…and it was a very enjoyable walk. I think this butterfly must have been drunk on the thistle nectar…I had the camera less than two inches away from it and it was unfazed. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  2. Thank you for the plug Scott-that was a bit unexpected. Sorry I keep harping about wildflowers but they certainly add a lot to a hike, I think. I recognize most, but not all of them and I’m not the least bit surprised about that. It would be a pretty boring world if every state had the same flowers! And Disperser is correct-that first one is meadow salsify a.k.a. Western yellow goat’s beard. Glad you found some! Thanks again-I can’t wait to see the next installments!

    June 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • You’re very welcome, Allen…and you weren’t harping…just identifying the reality of the situation…lots of wildflowers out there. I’m pretty sure that one of the photos in the next installment is the seed-head of that goat’s beard…so it’s not quite 23 different varieties that I found…but rather close. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  3. Smashing pictures Scott. I particularly like the one of the butterfly. Apart from being an excellent Macro, the composition is so cool the way you’ve managed to get beneath the butterfly. Superb!

    June 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  4. I love how you photographed the butterfly from low down!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer…it is a pretty cool perspective. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  5. Thanks for the hike in the mountains, bringing me fond memories of these same wildflowers. You must have been ‘resting’ to get the flutterby… 😉

    June 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    • You’re very welcome for the hike, Gunta…I’m glad they brought good memories…and no, I wasn’t resting to get that shot…the butterfly was on a rather tall thistle plant that was on the side/bank of the trail…so I only had to “scrunch” down a little bit to get it. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  6. Oh that butterfly! Fantastic. Summer is in full swing.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    • Thank you, Karen. 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  7. Wow, that butterfly! Wish there was something like that around here! 😀

    June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    • It is pretty cool, isn’t it, Eve? 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  8. Lovely colors on the hike!
    They know when to flower , don’t they?
    Here we are adding compost and what not to get them to bloom…

    June 29, 2012 at 5:20 am

    • Yes, Pattu…these wild ones do things when they will…. Thank you. 🙂

      June 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

  9. AND a spectacular butterfly too! 🙂

    July 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

    • It is kinda spectacular, isn’t it? 🙂

      July 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  10. BTW, that’s the best shot of a beaten-up butterfly (or any butterfly, for that matter) that I’ve seen anywhere! Cool picture.

    July 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    • Thank you, George. 🙂

      July 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  11. The flowers sure make the miles go easier, don’t they! Great collection of flowers!

    July 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    • Yes, they do, Montucky…especially when you get to stop for a few minutes to take the photos…catch your breath and rest your legs for a bit…. And thank you. 🙂

      July 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

  12. As for the butterfly you have immortalized it. I believe it was on borrowed time, quite battered and bruised!

    July 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • It does look a bit worn, doesn’t it…poor thing. 😦

      July 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  13. Lovely photos! I just love the photo of the tiger swallowtail butterfly the most. That would be a good photo to frame. These butterflies seem to be more amenable to being photographed (I’m sure they are just totally focused on gathering nectar, though). This one has been through quite an ordeal with it’s tattered wings.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    • Thank you, Fergiemoto…and yes, the butterfly does look a bit ragged. It was a perfect model, too…patiently drank-away while I was photographing.

      July 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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