Parasitic Plants and Orchids of the Sierra Nevada

Thanks for your viewership, May was the most popular month since the changeover. Apologies for the late posting, I have been busy getting great shots for you. A preview: Wildflowers, Portlandia fairyland, SF architecture. Lots of nice pics at my old site on blogger as well.

This journey begins in the spring redwood forest of the Sierra Nevada (Calaveras Groves)

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These coral-root orchids were just starting to come out, and the remnants of last year’s flowers were still around due to light snows this winter

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Close-up

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I found a single plant in flower, a couple weeks early

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Tiny tiny flowers

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This is another orchid with stripes of red

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The burgundy tones were beautiful

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I found a yellow version later on

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This is the flower of native ginger

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And this is another native orchid yet to flower

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And the last one, a phantom ghost orchid of pure white

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There were also lots of parasitic plants, that feed of the roots of nearby trees. This is a pinesap just starting to emerge

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Almost like asparagus, no?

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This candy-stripe is another parasite

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The red and white looked so out of place

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No snow plant found this time, but plenty of pretty in this bulbous one

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The giant trees have giant ants

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These bees were taking a nap, they were there for several minutes

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Someone found a morel, a choice edible mushroom, and set it aside

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There was also this bolete

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But the blue stain indicates it is not an edible variety

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A trillium in flower, very scarlet-purple

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Green flowers

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A bright sunset succulent in another habitat

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These were a preview of next time, where wildflowers of the low sierra will be featured, this was going to be an amazing lily

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