I (re)explored the ATV double-track* trails in what I call the Stealey Mountain Trail Complex. I found wildflowers galore. Here are pictures. Update: see here for description of my new wildflower book. I’m going back through the wildflower pictures to see what I can identify.
Here one I haven't seen before. Reddish, but with a different shape. Update: can't find anything like it in the wildflower book.
Here are more. If you can help me identify these, I’d sure appreciate the input.
I've seen flowers similar to this that are white, but these have a distinct purple cast. They're barely bigger than a fingertip. Update: these appear to be Three-Nerve Fleabane, a form of Aster.
This seems to be the day for purple. Here's a tiny little thing with clusters of purple bells. Update: I can't find in the wildflower book. Next time I need a picture of the leaves too.
For purple flowers, this time on stalks. That's my gloved hand there. Update: the wildflower book seems to indicate these are Tall Penstemon, a form of snapdragon.
Here are some tiny little white flowers clustered together. The set on the left is nearly all in bloom, the set on the right is getting ready to bloom. Update: Argh! If I'd only known what I had in my hand! The wildflower book says these are Poison Hemlock! (And, to be more interesting, they're part of the carrot family!) Good think I had gloves on—even tiny amounts can be fatal.
I nearly zoomed by these, but the odd shape caught my eye. Update: the wildflower book suggests these are Orange Sneezeweed, part of the Aster family.
Here a columbine reaches out to kiss an aspen tree. Update: the wildflower book further identifies these as Alpine Columbine, part of the buttercup family.
I set the camera on timer and posed near this bush with purple flower stalks, hoping I could catch some reflected glory. Update: I think these are another example of Tall Penstemon, a form of snapdragon.
The forest floor is alive with ferns and other undergrowth. Here, white flowers join the ferns. It reminded me of Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge in California. Update: I think these are Common Yarrow, a member of the Aster family. Next time I go up I'll have a closer look.
That's not a Jeep road there—a Jeep wouldn't fit. That's a double-track trail made by 4-wheelers. And it's narrow enough that the aspen canopy closes overhead, giving me the feeling that I'm in the forest, rather than in a slot through the forest.
*Double-track means a track for an ATV (all terrain vehicle). These paths are much narrower than Jeep tracks. I enjoy these trails because with the motorcycle, I can pick which of the two tracks I find more convenient.