Mt. Rainier Nature Drive

We made a very short trip to Mt. Rainier just because we were sure that we would get to see some wildflowers.

Mt. Ranier

The one picture of the mountain that we managed to take. This picture is thanks to my daughter. I forgot to take pictures of Mt. Rainier, because I was so busy studying flowers. We identified several; here are a few pictures.

Mt. Ranier wildflowers

Wenatchee Paintbrush

Giant Red or Orange Paintbrush (or several other names) Castilleja miniata

Subalpine Lupine & Bee

Subalpine Lupine Lupinus articus subsp. subalpinus

Mt. Ranier wildflowers

More wildflowers.

The main meadow at Paradise that I thought would be covered with flowers was not. All of these shots were taken roadside. I’m kind of hoping that I can sneak back there again and see if the meadow blossoms one of these days. We’ll see, I do have to get ready to start back to school one of these days too!

One of the interesting things that we learned when working on identifying the flowers in our pictures is that Paintbrushes are mostly parasites. Because of this, it is very difficult to transplant them or to plant them from their seeds. They latch onto roots of other plants and live off of them. I’ve always loved Paintbrushes, but I think being a parasite is rude; so now I don’t know what to think.

9 thoughts on “Mt. Rainier Nature Drive

  • July 29, 2009 at 6:28 am

    That meadow of wildflowers looks so inviting.



  • July 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    The flowers are beautiful. Can't wait to see you this weekend. :-)

  • July 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Parasites or not I think they're simply gorgeous :-)! Your pictures are wonderful! What kind of camera do you use? Personally I think that wonderful photography is not just about the camera but the photographer having an eye for getting a great shot. You've definitely got that!

    I hope your summer has been wonderfully blessed,


  • July 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    We love going to Mt. Rainier. Aren't the flowers amazing? And the glaciers.

    So glad your daughter is getting into photography. Natalie is saving up for a camera as well. Like Zippy, she loves art.

    Have a great week.


  • August 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Very, very, very beautiful pictures!!!

  • August 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    We took a trip last week and I found myself thinking of you and your lovely pictures when I would see flowers on the side of the road. Unfortunately, the roads were very narrow and curvy so we couldn't pull over to take pictures.

  • August 4, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Beautiful Pics!!! I cannot believe how much snow has melted off the Mt. this month!!! Can you? When my kids saw your 1st picture Noah said, "Hey Mom! That's our mountain….isn't it?" Hope you're enjoying the "cooler" weather! Wowza! Talk about HOT!!! Blessings, EMichelle

  • August 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

    What beautiful photos of wildflowers! I especially love the one of the Lupine and the bumblebee.

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