Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wildflowers In Winter

White Bog Orchid

Latin name: Platanthera leucostachys Lindley
Pronunciation: pla-tan-THEER-a lew-ko-STAY-kis
Common name: White-flowered bog orchid Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Habitat: Wet and springy places, 4500'-10,000', montane coniferous forest, San Diego Co. to Sierra Nevadas, White Mts and Panamint Mts
Blooming period: May to August
Calflora is the source of this information.

Yesterday I was catching up on reading at Gracious Hospitality, a blog I read on a regular basis. She has beautiful and lovely home photos and information as well as gorgeous photos of Washington, my home state. It's not uncommon for me to feel homesick looking at her blog! Yesterday I saw a post about a themed join along project at Wildflower Morning. The second photo above belongs to her (It's Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park - one of my favorite places!)

Each week there is a theme which you can read about here. At the end there will be a drawing for hand created wildflower cards from the blog owner.

Wildflowers have long been one of my greatest photographic passions. The White Bog Orchid above was taken in Yosemite National Park July 8, 2007 just off the road to Glacier Point. I wish I had my close up lens at that time because I could not get a good sharp shot. It didn't help that the wind was blowing just enough to sway the stalk. The individual white flowers are quite small. They were growing in a patch of Shooting Stars, another favorite of mine.

Shooting Stars and American Bistort, Yosemite National Park

My best friend Shelley who love to photograph with me!

Shooting Stars - Yosemite National Park

Cow Parsnip and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Cow Parsnip in seed - Yosemite National Park

Milkweed and Swallowtail Butterfly - Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park.

What Am I? Photographed in Yosemite National Park.

Lupine is pretty common, but it has always been one of my favorite wildflowers.


ellen b. said...

Beautiful. I love all the information you gave with it too!

Elizabeth Joy said...


I knew your post would be wonderful after reading your other blogs! I'm so glad you have joined. I love bog orchids. They aren't showy at all, but still so beautiful for the person who cares to stop and look in wonder. I've still looking forward to the day when I can visit Yosemete.

Shelley said...

Your flowers brought back memories of Yosemite. I enjoyed seeing the flowers again.

mjd said...

Your pictures are beautiful. You mentioned wind being a problem in photographing wildflowers. Do you use a tripod? Sometimes I found a trpod useful in taking pictures of moving flowers. I would love to see a bog orchid. Orchids are so fascinating.

Mountain Heather said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love Yosemite, too.

Wool Winder said...

I love your wildflower photography!

Tabitha said...

Beautiful photographs. I love wildflowers. I want to take the kids to Yosemite one day.

La Tea Dah said...

Thank you for mentioning Gracious Hospitality and being a regular blog reader. I'm sorry to make you homesick, but I hope that you also receive joy from seeing favorite places you've been. I'm glad you are joining in on the Wildflowers in Winter project. It has been a wonderful way to get past the piles of snow and gray skies this winter!!!