Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wild Flowers



I have lived in Washington my entire life and have gone to Mt. Rainier National Park many times...but never in the summer. While my kids were here we decided to go see the wildflowers in bloom on top of the mountain. It was cold and foggy when we arrived at the park entrance. We asked the ranger where to see the wild flowers and he told us that we could see them at Paradise (top of the mountain) and also along the road. As we traveled the windy road we saw lots of dandelions and Queen Ann's Lace but that was about it. I guess technically a dandelion is a wildflower but I wanted more.

And more we got. It was beautiful. Magenta, blue, pink, purple and yellow flowers covered the ground like someone had planted them there.



The wild flowers are in full bloom right now as they are late because of our crazy cold summer.



I highly recommend if you live in driving distance of Mt. Rainer you take the drive up the mountain to see nature at its best.



We also saw this....



But this got the most attention...

3 comments:

Clare said...

Beautiful flowers and photos, Wendy!

Marigold said...

Ha! I notice that bear picture is from a distance! I wonder why? :)

SueP said...

Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.
Is that gray bird a Clark's Nutcracker?