Scoliopus bigelovii – Stink pod or Fetid adder’s tongue. Hillside Trail, Muir Woods National Monument, 25 January 2017.
I’m pleased to report that Wildflower Season 2017 is off to a great start.
Since so many native lilies are found within National Park boundaries, I went ahead and purchased an America the Beautiful annual pass this year. My goal is to visit one park a month. (I have that goal every year and never follow through. Maybe this year.) Now that I work at PDX, some wildflower adventures will be much easier to do within a day. My dad and I flew to SFO for the day last week and we drove to Muir Woods National Monument. The sun was out and it was a beautiful day in the Bay Area, however, the previous week brought torrential rain and high winds. Some trails were closed. A park ranger gave us directions to a spot along the Hillside Trail where we would find Scoliopus bigelovii. The flower blends in quite well to its environment so I found it easier to look for its bright green mottled leaves first. Many of the flowers took a beating from the weather, but many still had buds so there will be plenty more to show off their beauty…and scent, likely through February.
The Redwoods. Muir Woods National Monument, 25 January 2017.