Blue Lakes No. 3 – Wildflowers and Mushrooms

Here is the last in the series from the Blue Lakes area of Alpine County in the eastern, central Sierra’s. Although late in a dry year, there were still a good amount of wildflowers. I also saw a good number of mushrooms that were spurred by the late summer thunderstorms.

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A nice, still wet, field

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Closer-up

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And more

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And more

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These almost looked like orchids

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A very old pine

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A mushroom uncovered, most of them were hiding just under the floor of the forest

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This one had cracks in its cap that were quite distinctive

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Another mushroom in hiding

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Getting ready to bloom

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Lupine

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Several

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But the majority of meadows had gone dry and bare

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A few flowers clung to life

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My very favorite wildflower, a sierra columbine

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Some sort of willow

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A sugar pine split open by fire

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Nice view

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An ancient juniper or other pine

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A moist mushroom

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Some berries, I doubt they are edible

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Blatterworts

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Can you spot the mushrooms?

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This is a bolete poking out

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Notice the pores rather than gills

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An amanita, likely muscaria, a poisonous type

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See the webbing over the gills?

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Next up: Sunset Lakes area further east…

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