"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. " ~Lindley Karstens

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Flowers In The Wild: Part 2

This is the second part of my post to introduce wildflowers I spotted during my recent trip to six national parks in the west.  You can read part 1 here.  This part is specific for what we saw in Yellowstone National Park.

Geyser Eruption
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"Grand Canyon" in Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone Lake
Not only there are abundant wildflowers in Yellowstone, we also had lots of close encounters of wildlife such as Mule Deer, Bison, Moose, Elks, Pronghorn Antelopes and coyotes.

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A bird standing on a Pronghorn Antelope
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Elk
After a long winter, Bison still have ragged patches of lighter-colored, old hair that have not shed.
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Now let me show you more pretty wildflowers in this beautiful park.
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Gentianopsis thermalis
Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian 

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Gentianopsis thermalis
Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian 
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Common Dandelion
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Linaaria dalmatica
Tall Butter and Eggs
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Heracleum lanatum Cow Parsnip
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Geranium viscosissimum
Sticky Geranium

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Golden Columbine

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Campanula rotundifolia
Common Harebell 
I spotted this huge flower at the road side when husband was driving.  Husband offered me to pull over to let me take the picture of it :)

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Cirsium scariosum
Elk Thistle

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Camassia quamash
COMMON CAMAS 

Don't you love a meadow like this? This meadow is close to Yellowstone lake.

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Lupinus lepidus ssp. Caespitosus
Stemless Dwarf Lupine  

All of these were very small part of all pictures I took during our two week trip.  I am glad that I finally get chance to share with you, and I do hope my pictures could trigger some interests if you have not been there before, or stir up some beautiful memories of yours if you have visited there.

5 comments:

  1. The Park has a wide array of flora n fauna. Liked the Geysers n the Bison. The wild flowers are beautiful!

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  2. Wow I'm so envious of your trip! Your photos are wonderful, thanks for "taking me along" with you :-)

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  3. Wonderful "postcard" shots again, Ami! Such a great variety of wildlife and wildflowers up there. It does remind me of a vacation we took to the Canadian Rockies many years ago. Breathtaking scenery! I am jealous that you have been able to see such sights as geysers and the Grand Canyon! Lucky you! I do wish we had such lovely "meadows" here in Florida. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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  4. Such a variety of wildflowers were a treat to see. It always amazes me how different parts of the world have their own special look. Some familiar but most very different plants from here in Florida.

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  5. What beautiful flowers! Looks like you had a great vacation.

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