Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 13, 2017

Yosemite Wildflowers 7/13/17

Today we drove through Yosemite from the west entrance on highway 120 to Lee Vining.

Cone Flowers at Crane Flat

Crane Flat had many flowers in bloom, but the bright sunlight was less than ideal for photography. Most prominent were the California Cone Flowers, which had good displays.

Other flowers in bloom included Corn Lily, Lupine, Arrowhead Groundsel, Muskflower Monkeyflower and a large yellow Monkeyflower, a phacelia, Yarrow, Grand Collomia, Sierra Stickweed, a blue delphinium, Checkerbloom, Naked Buckwheat, Horkelia, White Rein Orchid, a small pink epilobiium, a blue Delphinium, and Gallium.

3.5 miles east of Crane Flat is a meadow with a Large Jeffery Pine by the parking area that usually has good flowers but was closed for restoration. We did see Pussypaws, Slender Navarretia, and Gayophytum.

Some of the narrow rocky roadsides had very good if not that easily accessible flowers including Sticky Cinquefoil, Pretty Face, Lewis’s Monkeyflower, Lupines, Sedum, Western Columbine and Blue Larkspur.

Other flowers seen along the road were Dogbane, more Lupines, Showy Penstemon and Mt. Pride Penstemon, Elderberry, Iris, and Leichtlin’s Mariposa Lily.

Tuolumne Meadows were very wet and flooded in areas. We didn’t stop but did see some flowers along the edges. The Tuolumne Meadows campground and lodge are both still closed. Also closed was  the Tioga Pass resort.

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