tracks and traces

A few wildflowers from the Desolation Wilderness

Castilleja applegatei

Wavy-leaved paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei.)

Streptanthus tortuosus

Streptanthus tortuosus at high elevation

Mountain jewelflower, or shield plant (Streptanthus tortuosus.) The second image shows the plant growing at a significantly higher elevation (~9000ft vs ~7000ft.) The darker color is perhaps due to increased UV/solar exposure?

Lupinus polyphyllus var. burkei

Many-leaved lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus var. burkei.)

Populus tremuloides

I found trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) frequently in the damp riparian zones of the south western side of the Crystal Range.

Lilium parvum

Sierra tiger lily (Lilium parvum.)

Forest understory

Lupine, tiger-lillies, and bracken fill the forest understory.

Abies magnifica

Abies magnifica

Red fir, or silvertip (Abies magnifica.)

Calochortus leichtlinii

Leichtlin’s mariposa lily (Calochortus leichtlinii.)

Sedum obtusatum

Sierra stonecrop (Sedum obtusatum.)

Phyllodoce breweri

Mountain heather (Phyllodoce breweri].) Not the freshest looking flower, but these smelled great!)

Delphinium gracilentum

Slender larkspur (Delphinium gracilentum.)

Lake Schmidell

Near my campsite at Lake Schmidell.