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Hiking South of Wilmer Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail in the North Yosemite Backcountry we climb Bailey Ridge. The flattened top of Bailey Ridge holds a number of Black Vernal Ponds stained with tannin, but also a couple of great ponds persisting in an interesting equilibrium.
Here I found this delightful flower, which I (mis) identify as Elegant Clarkia.
Yellow, waxy, Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness, High Sierra Wild Flower
Location: Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness
Elevation: 10,600 feet
Trail Guide: Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness
Red Flowers on long stalks above low profile ground-cover body of dense grey leaves. What do you call this plant?
Flowering plant in big basin on the Northeast flank of Big Sam.
Trail Guide: Backpacking Big Sam Emigrant Wilderness
Near Round Top Lake
Sierra Nevada Mountains
Carson Pass Management Unit, El Dorado National Forest.
June 8, 2009
The flowers were just beginning to burst out of their pods.
This flower was very early. The majority of the terrain was still covered with Spring snows. Here's a picture of the snowcover from that June 2009 trip:
Pussypaw, flower, Vibrant Pink glowing in the High Sierra, hiking Emigrant Wilderness, backpacking Stanislaus National Forest. North side of Bond Pass.
Date: July 27, 2010
Elevation: 8800 feet
Trail Guide: Brown Bear to Bond Pass
Butterfly, Burnt Orange, and Buckwheat, High Sierra, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest. Sighted approaching Bond Pass to enter Yosemite from the High Emigrant Basin.
Date: July 27, 2009.
Elevation; 9360 feet.
Trail Guide: Summit Meadow
Purple High Sierra Flower, Sonora Peak, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest.
September 27 2009.
Elevation: 10,200 feet
Trail Guide: Sonora Peak Flowers
Sierra Flower, Yellow, Sierra Arnica? Hiking the PCT through Murray Canyon, July 2009. 8800 feet.
Trail Guide: Tyron Peak to Murray Canyon
Sierra Flower, Sierra Columbine (?), Hummingbird, Stanislaus National Forest, Just Northwest of the Emigrant Wilderness. It's a Columbine...but what type I'm not sure.