2012 CAMP SERIES: WILDFLOWER 1
My posts including photos taken in the summer are still trickling out, and here is another from my only camping trip of the year. Although the top of Chinook Pass was still cloaked in snow, wildflowers could be found in the lower elevations around our campground. Here is the first of several I will eventually publish featuring wildflower.
Yellow goat’s beard, also know as western salsify (Tragopogon dubius), has dager-like bracts that are noticeably longer than the ray florets which grow over them. Western salsify is not native to North America, yet it is found in all but 5 US states. The seed head is similar to that of dandelions, although it is much larger and has some tan in it, rather than the pure white of the dandelion. Perhaps, like the prolific dandelion, the success of the yellow goat’s beard is due to its ability to infiltrate from above.
While putting this post together, it occurred to me that I had photographed a seed head back in August of 2010 while bicycle touring. At the time, I didn’t know what it was, but I took a photo because of the immense seed heads. This image was shot shortly after crossing the border from British Columbia into Washington State.