Allium validum – Pacific Mountain Onion. I love wild onion!!!
Castilleja miniata – Giant Red Paintbrush.
Looking up at another 6000 feet of volcano. At first glance it looks like a barren landscape, but an array of colorful flora started to catch my eye left and right. I ended up spending quite a bit of time here.
Streptanthus tortuosus – Mountain Jewelflower. A delicate little beauty. You don’t want to know how long it took me to get my camera to focus on this flower! A little creature had an appetite for this flower – several were munched on.
I went to Mt. Shasta a couple days ago to hike and was so taken with the (sub?)alpine flora that I didn’t allow myself enough time to finish the hike!!! Gasp! There is also something quite special about being on a massive volcano (Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascade mountain range at 14,180 feet). The mountain is a breathtaking geological marvel, and will stir some emotion inside you. Thank you, Bubba Suess, for recommending this hike! A flora list for Mt. Shasta can be found here. I will update my flower pictures soon…I’m in the middle of another busy work week, sorry. I just want to get the pictures up so everyone can see what’s currently in bloom! I can’t wait to get back.