The hills are alive

Last weekend, I went hiking with one of my roommates in the park–Olympic National Park, that is, but because we’re so close it’s always just “the park.” Multiple coworkers had recommended the area around Obstruction Point Road, which is only clear of snow in the summer and had just recently been opened. We were fortunate to visit right at the peak of wildflower blooming, and the array of colors was breathtaking.

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Pink peas, yellow asters, blue lupin, orange and red Indian paintbrush… and many, many more

 

And close up, the colors were even more vibrant. Here are some of my favorites:

 

Vicia villosa, or hairy vetch--a very ugly-sounding name for a beautiful flower--is non-native
Vicia villosa, or hairy vetch–a very ugly-sounding name for a beautiful flower–is non-native
Arctic Lupine (Lupinus arcticus)
Arctic Lupine (Lupinus arcticus)
Harebell (Campanula rontundifolia)
Harebell (Campanula rontundifolia)
Mountain owl clover (Orthocarpus imbricatus) with paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) in the background
Mountain owl clover (Orthocarpus imbricatus) with paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) in the background
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Campion (Silene, I’m unsure of the species). Also called catchfly, its stems and the outside of the flowers are quite sticky to the touch.
I hope you can see why this little flower is called Elephant's Head (Pedicularis groenlandica). Isn't the shape fascinating?
I hope you can see why this little flower is called Elephant’s Head (Pedicularis groenlandica). Isn’t the shape fascinating?

We hiked down into a valley with a couple creeks running through it, and then up high enough to see alpine flora, also in full bloom.

Small creek going down into Badger Valley
Small creek going down into Badger Valley

While we hiked up high, a few clouds moved over to keep us company, so we enjoyed the floating feeling of losing track of the surrounding landscape, separate from worldly space and time. As we returned to the trailhead, the skies cleared to present snow-spotted peaks glistening in the sun.

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