Monday, August 25, 2008

Flowers at Mount Rainier

Well, during our camping trip, I took photos of 44 flowers but I know I can't post them all here because my blog is runnng out of photo space provided so I will try to choose some of my favorites.



Of course, the only NEW TO ME one I know by sight and NAME is "Pearly Everlasting." Can you see why it has its first name? This flower opens and has white petals and a yellow center but when I saw it , it just looked like pearls. It got the everlasting part of its name because it is a good flower to dry and use in dried bouquets BUT don't pick it at Mount Rainier because it is against the law. I read that the native Indians used it for medicinal uses also.


I think this is the Pearly Everlasting opened up. . . NOPE! Katney says it is Sitka Valerian.


If I remember correctly, Katney said this one is Beargrass. Deer like to eat the plant and Indians used the leaves for baskets.

OK, so those are all white and you want to see some color. . . How about these?




As a child we called them Indian Paint Brush but some are shocked that I say Indian in repeating their name. I don't say it offensively and just speak as my Girl Scout Leader taught me. . . (If these are not them, Katney will correct me -- somehow they don't look like the brochure. . .

Broadleaf Arnica -- the center is used as an herb.

Rosy Spirea was used as a tonic and even for smoking tobacco.

The Avalanche Lily is so delicate! Indians used it for medicine and as a food source. Many animals eat them also.

OK, these are just a few of the many wildflowers I took photos of at Mount Rainier last week. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. (Katney, if I labeled any wrong, please let me know.)

11 comments:

Denise said...

Hi Paulie, yes i did wear Wilma out, and later this morning we are out for another bike ride. Have you seen the "Monday Flower" meme, just click on the link on my blog. You will be very welcome to share your wonderful flower pictures with other flower loving people.

ArneA said...

I am not a flower blogger, but greetings from me to you are daily activity

Gramma L said...

Nice of you to share those flowers - they are lovely.

Malyss said...

Most of flowers are unknown to me;
But they are quite beautiful, and I especially like their names.
There is a lot of poetry in those names, and also a lot of stories behind them.

Love Bears All Things said...

These are beautiful. I love the Pearl Everlasting. I have heard of Indian Paintbrush also.
Mama Bear

John said...

Wonderful flowers compilation!

Cindi said...

The Pearly Everlasting is just gorgeous! You have the knack of finding the most gorgeous flowers!

dot said...

Wow, those are so pretty and unusual looking!

Lilli & Nevada said...

What nice flowers Paulie, i am going to have to come visit Mt Rainier sometime.
By the way how does one know they are running out of photos space on blogger?

RuneE said...

In my opinion wild flowers in most instances "beat" the cultivated ones hands down - as you have shown

Yen said...

Such beautiful flowers you have here! My first time to join with this Meme! I hope you can drop by! Mine is here. Happy TF!~