Friday, July 3, 2015

The Last Lilies

 Not bad for a cell phone!  My wife and I took a quick drive to Graeagle this afternoon, and after twelve or thirteen  miles of brown, dried-up vegetation at the sides of the road, my attention was grabbed by a great patch of blooming Washington Lilies, Lilium washingtonianum,  around a quarter mile east of Lee Summit.  There must have been fifty or more blooms, many of them wilted and turning brown.  But there were enough fresh-looking ones for some photos.  At 4,000' elevation, practically all the lilies are done for the season.  I'm hoping to go up to 6,500' and higher within the next few days where it should still be spring.  There should still be some lilies at that elevation and also Monkshood.

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