I have decided to join in on ABC Wednesday, and I think that I will try to post features from nature for each of my entries. As much as I love the snow in the wintertime, the summertime at Mt. Rainier brings a vast range of colorful wildflowers. Here is a sampling of A flowers.
The Avalanche Lily blooms very early in the season. Along with the yellow Glacier Lily, you will find them where the snow has recently melted away--sometimes peaking through the snow itself.
Anenome, this is specifically the Western Anenome, also known as Pasqueflower. In mid to late June this appears as a creamy white blossom close to the ground. But July's warmth matures it to these "Moptops" about which one visitor to the Park asked me "What are the flowers that look like muppets?"
Arnica seems to flourish through most of July on into September.
This is one of the varieties of Alpine Aster which graces the meadows through the later part of the summer.
Orange Ageoseris, is found only rarely, late in the season, in dry rocky areas along the trails.
Here's the Avalanche Lily I posted before I found the other picture.