Surreal surroundings

It was so gorgeous up on Hurricane Ridge yesterday! I think the wildflowers are surreal: whole mountainsides of wildflowers and the more you look, the more different ones you see. I am just starting to learn their names.

For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: surreal.

I think the orange flower is a paintbrush, but it is not showing up here, on the wildflower identification site.

Another site:

If anyone can identify it more closely, let me know!

6 thoughts on “Surreal surroundings

  1. TamrahJo says:

    Looks like the Paint Brush I know here – both in mountains and plains – but far southeast of you, and more drought for many years (Colorado) so, since I’m not a botanist, really, It LOOKS like that (and the white multi-padded ones look like common Yarrow) but that’s just my labeling best as I can, as I learn – the view/vista? makes me miss the mountain tops and meadows, where once I lived – what a gorgeous blue sky that day!

    • drkottaway says:

      I am getting the impression that there are a lot of subtle species.

      • TamrahJo says:

        I still remember the first time I read works by Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese farmer and philosopher and what he learned about the naturalization of plants to their area, if allowed to self-sow, etc. I am still working (after months!) as I can through the “Botany in a Day’ course, to assist in learning how to tell by looking at leaves, petals, etc., plant families, etc. Those lessons have really impacted how my brain reacts or delivers up ‘files/words/names’ when I walk around my place or view pictures – but then, I try to be careful, cuz, I’m still a newbie! :D

  2. lifelessons says:

    It was that way last spring here. I never did do the post on it. Perhaps I should. The flowers were so high that they formed an arch over the pathway and it was like walking in a cave of flowers.

  3. Since you’re learning wildflowers, an amazing resource is master gardener volunteers in your region We’re all sworn to help with any and all questions about plants!

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