Wildflowers are blooming across the valley, and no flower is more conspicuous than the arrowleaf balsamroot. The valley floor is covered with the yellow blossoms of this asteraceae (sunflower family) plant. Pollinators are also out in full force. The bedstraw hawkmoth is so large that it can be confused with hummingbirds. Lupine has started to …
This morning, I realized that yesterday’s post of a mother bison and her newborn calf would have been more appropriate today, given that it is Mother’s Day. I suppose the early blooms of the shootingstar will have to suffice.
On a morning hike in Vedauwoo State Park, pasque flowers were beginning to open in the sage brush flats. On the hike out of the park in the afternoon, the flowers were wide open, ready to be pollinated.
Yesterday, I hiked to a warm spring just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Warm springs provide a unique environment for a variety of life that could not exist in Wyoming otherwise. On the edge of the warm springs, I found a diversity of fascinating plants.