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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 2:22 pm 
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PiB, JimK & I spent a tremendously awful day in Eastern WA yesterday.  The drive was horrendously long (a little over 2 hours, some potholes in the road after the pavement ends), the trail was a complete mess (one small drainage problem, a couple of easily stepped over blowdowns, and a few lingering snow patches on the north side of Yellow) and crowded (only one other pair of hikers seen all day), there was nothing to look at the whole way (over 40 species of wildflowers including a rare patch of Tweedy, 360° views on Elbow), the weather was abysmal (blue skies, a few clouds, maybe 70°-ish), and the company was the worst.  Now we know why no one ever goes here.

Here's the crappy photos (sorry for the massive photo dump)...


Columbia lily
Columbia lily
Salsify
Salsify
Clouds
Clouds
Lupine
Lupine
J&J headed UP through seemingly never-ending fields of lupine.
J&J headed UP through seemingly never-ending fields of lupine.
More lupine
More lupine
Yarrow
Yarrow
Arnica
Arnica
More UP
More UP
Tweedy's lewisia (endemic)
Tweedy's lewisia (endemic)
Rock penstemon
Rock penstemon
Tweedy's lewisia (endemic)
Tweedy's lewisia (endemic)
Maybe buckwheat (I'm not sure, the leaves aren't quite right)
Maybe buckwheat (I'm not sure, the leaves aren't quite right)
A belle among the blossoms
A belle among the blossoms
Still more lupine
Still more lupine
Paintbrush
Paintbrush
After UP, there's more UP.
After UP, there's more UP.
More paintbrush
More paintbrush
Arnica
Arnica
Different kind of arnica
Different kind of arnica
Three-toothed mitrewort (Bishop's Cap) (uncommon)
Three-toothed mitrewort (Bishop's Cap) (uncommon)
False Solomon's seal
False Solomon's seal
Vanilla leaf
Vanilla leaf
Sitka valerian
Sitka valerian
Sitka valerian
Sitka valerian
Sitka valerian
Sitka valerian
Ballhead waterleaf
Ballhead waterleaf
Smooth yellow violet
Smooth yellow violet
Western spring beauty
Western spring beauty
Blue-eyed Mary
Blue-eyed Mary
Blue stickseed
Blue stickseed
Balsamroot
Balsamroot
Balsamroot
Balsamroot
Yellow bell
Yellow bell
?
?
Spring beauty
Spring beauty
Glacier lilies and spring beauty
Glacier lilies and spring beauty
Yellow Hill benchmark
Yellow Hill benchmark
Death camas
Death camas
Stuart Range
Stuart Range
Elbow Peak from Yellow Hill
Elbow Peak from Yellow Hill
Wallflower
Wallflower
Fendler's pennycress (uncommon)
Fendler's pennycress (uncommon)
Snow douglasia (rare?)
Snow douglasia (rare?)
Glacier lily before Yellow Hill
Glacier lily before Yellow Hill
Did I mention the trail goes UP?
Did I mention the trail goes UP?
More glacier lilies.
More glacier lilies.
?
?
Cutleaf fleabane
Cutleaf fleabane
Milkvetch or locoweed?
Milkvetch or locoweed?
Showy polemonium (uncommon)
Showy polemonium (uncommon)
Rock garden
Rock garden
Lupine leaves and snow douglasia
Lupine leaves and snow douglasia
Lupine near, Lake Cle Elum far.
Lupine near, Lake Cle Elum far.
On the way to Elbow.
On the way to Elbow.
Stuart Range again
Stuart Range again
Silky Phacelia (rare)
Silky Phacelia (rare)
Gray cryptantha (rare)
Gray cryptantha (rare)
JimK atop the crux.
JimK atop the crux.
Common false locoweed
Common false locoweed
Wenatchee valerian
Wenatchee valerian
Olympic onion
Olympic onion
Steer's head (rare)
Steer's head (rare)
Yellow bell
Yellow bell
Yellow bell
Yellow bell
Almost there
Almost there
Yellow bell
Yellow bell
Stuarts
Stuarts
Rainier
Rainier
Cascade Crest
Cascade Crest
Hairy rockcress
Hairy rockcress
Hairy rockcress
Hairy rockcress
Lake Cle Elum (near) and Mount Rainier (far)
Lake Cle Elum (near) and Mount Rainier (far)
Ridge looking back to Yellow Hill
Ridge looking back to Yellow Hill
Larkspur
Larkspur
Larkspur
Larkspur
Silky phacelia (rare)
Silky phacelia (rare)
Silky phacelia (rare)
Silky phacelia (rare)
King o' the hill
King o' the hill
On the way back, still more UP. WTF?
On the way back, still more UP. WTF?
One last look at the Stuarts
One last look at the Stuarts
Vanilla leaf
Vanilla leaf
Paintbrush
Paintbrush
Loads of lupine
Loads of lupine
Rest stop
Rest stop
Larkspur
Larkspur
Lupine, lupine, and still more lupine
Lupine, lupine, and still more lupine
Lighted lupine
Lighted lupine

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Flora
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 2:38 pm 
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Looking forward to the, urr, crappy photos!  Great area.

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 2:48 pm 
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Placeholder for my photos. My full written report is now up at:

Yellow Hill - Elbow Peak Report

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 6:15 pm 
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Sorry it was such a crappy day. And really crappy pictures to prove it! hockeygrin.gif  Sweet! cool.gif

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 6:30 pm 
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Brighidoon wrote:
Larkspur
Larkspur


This flower was used by the First Nations in Alaska to hunt whales http://io9.com/5904054/this-tiny-blue-flower-can-kill-a-humpback-whale
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 6:36 pm 
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Yuk!

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Mike Collins wrote:
This flower was used by the First Nations in Alaska to hunt whales http://io9.com/5904054/this-tiny-blue-flower-can-kill-a-humpback-whale

They're not the same flower.  Your article references Monkshood while this is a Larkspur.  (The article is incorrect in calling it a Larkspur monkshood.  Larkspurleaf monkshood would have been correct.)

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 7:29 pm 
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Thanks. Got it.
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 8:15 pm 
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Wow, what a potpouri of great flowers. BTW the one you have labelled as Alpine collomia is Snow douglasia (Douglasia nivalis) and the pale Larkspur looks to be the cool Delphinium lineapetallum. Also Polemonium elegans and Cutleaf fleabane.
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 8:17 pm 
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Wow!!
lovely images
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 8:53 pm 
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Brighidoon wrote:
the weather was abysmal (blue skies, a few clouds, maybe 70°-ish), and the company was the worst.

shakehead.gif I share your pain . . . been with those two before  rolleyes.gif  Glad you persevered . .  a couple of nice pictures regardless!   up.gif  agree.gif

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PostTue Jul 03, 2012 10:04 pm 
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Better luck next time.





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PostWed Jul 04, 2012 9:29 am 
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Losers!  smoker.gif

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