Macro Photos from Schweitzer Mountain, Part 1

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In my last macro post, I shared some macro photos of Bear Grass, a spectacular plant that greeted us when we stepped off the chair lift at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Here are some macro photos of the other flowers we saw on the 2.5 mile Nature Hike Trail back down to the village. All were taken with my Canon G12 with the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens. I’m making my best guess on the species, and I can’t guarantee I’m getting them right.

This first shot is what I think is shrubby penstemon (Penstemon fruticosus). I’ve always liked penstemon, but can’t grow them because while they prefer “unimproved soil” (check) they can’t stand clay soil (again, check), and so only grow well in soil with good drainage (definitely uncheck).

Macro photos of Shrubby Penstemon

Next is an interesting shot of leaves from silky lupine (Lupinus sericeus). I got a few pictures of the blooms as well, but they were all unfocused. Not sure what happened.

Macro photos of Silky Lupine leaves.

Here’s a nice shot of a subalpine daisy (Erigeron peregrinus). Love the purple, yellow, and green together.

Macro photos of purple subalpine daisy.

These next two are of subalpine mariposa lilies (Calochortus subalpinus). They look quite delicate, and I love how the center of the flowers look a bit like a propeller.

Macro photos of subalpine mariposa lily.
Macro photos of subalpine mariposa lily.

Here’s what I think is Giant Red Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata). I like how solid this flower looks compared to most other paintbrush flowers.

Macro photos of Giant Red Indian Paintbrush.

Here’s a really interesting one: Parsnip-flower wild buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides). What a mouthful. The petals start with a red blush before opening, but lose it once open to end up a greenish cream color.

Macro photos of Parsnip-flower wild buckwheat.

Well, I’ve got several more pictures from the trek down Schweitzer Mountain, but I think I’ll save them for next time. Hope you enjoyed these!

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