The Wildflowers of Wawawai Canyon
May favorites

By May the slopes on the south side of the canyon put on a show worthy of a king. These north-facing areas are protected from the fierce, burning summer sun and the brush and grass grows lush and green. The deep, rich topsoil grows a garden that undoubtedly looks much the same as it did when the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through here in 1805.

Several of the flowers presented here I saw one time, only. Luckily, I always had a camera with me. But, if a picture didn't turn out well, I'd go back to see if I could find the same or another specimen for a second shot. Usually though, try as I might, I couldn't find them, again. I treasure, then, what pictures I got, regardless of how bad they might look.

One cannot help but wonder how many more of those shy little wonders are out there, just waiting to be discovered. You can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be out and about hunting them down and taking more pictures next spring and every springtime for as long as I'm able.

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Wild iris
Iris missouriennis

Desert paint brush (red)
Castilleja chromosa

Shooting star
Dodecatheon conjugens

Snapdragon skullcap
Scutellaria antirrhinoides

Oxytropis sericeus (?)

Rabbit foot crazyweed
Oxytropis lagopus

Lamium amplexicaule

Desert paintbrush (yellow)
Castilleja chromosa

Cynoglossum officinale

Long-leafed phlox
Phlox longifolia

Silver crazyweed
Oxytropis sericeus

Wild iris
Iris missouriennis

Yellow prairie violet
Viola nuttallii

Cynoglossum officinale

Iris meadow


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