100th post on this site!
If you keep heading up the trail from the meadow you eventually get to the rock lakes. Did I mention where this is last time? Off bowman lakes road, which is near where highway 20 and I-80 intersect in the mountains.
This is a white California Lilac (ceanothus), smelling lovely along the trail
A few years ago a small fire took out this stand, not sure if lightning or campfire, but the size indicates lightning
Will take a while to recover
But all around is beautiful mature forest
The drought hadn’t killed off many trees yet here, this meadow was full of mule’s ears
I only just saw the caterpillar in this one
One of my favorites, larkspur
A wonderful mariposa lily
So nice, let’s see it twice
Looks like a phlox to me
Looks like a berry to me
A pink penstemon?
A very special coral root orchid, they are parasitic plants like the snowplant, feeding off the roots of the conifers
Once up a pretty steep hill, the sierra crest peaked through and the late June snowbanks on the north faces were still around
Only one there, it was spectacular
Slightly windy day kept things cool, the water was ice cold
It was super full too
A swarm of beautiful dragonflies
More mountains with snow peaking up
Back at the lake (this was the upper rock lake, the lower one isn’t quite as picturesque
till next time