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.
A nice, still wet, field
These almost looked like orchids
A very old pine
A mushroom uncovered, most of them were hiding just under the floor of the forest
This one had cracks in its cap that were quite distinctive
Another mushroom in hiding
Getting ready to bloom
But the majority of meadows had gone dry and bare
A few flowers clung to life
My very favorite wildflower, a sierra columbine
Some sort of willow
A sugar pine split open by fire
An ancient juniper or other pine
A moist mushroom
Some berries, I doubt they are edible
Can you spot the mushrooms?
This is a bolete poking out
Notice the pores rather than gills
An amanita, likely muscaria, a poisonous type
See the webbing over the gills?
Next up: Sunset Lakes area further east…