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Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park
Wells Gray Provincial Park
Wells Gray Provincial Park

The hike through the wildflower meadows of Trophy Mountain in Wells Gray Provincial Park has been called A Hike to Remember. That's indeed the case, as it is one of the best mass displays of wildflowers in British Columbia. In typical years, it peaks in early August, but thanks to the heavy snows and cool spring locally, it was delayed a couple weeks. Earlier in the year, about a month preceding this swath of colours, the hillsides are covered in yellow from the Erythronium grandiflorum (which I've not seen).

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14 Comments

Pretty...still don't beat a Texas countryside with spring bluebonnets after a good rain!

OH MY!!!! I have been seeing these pic's for several years and didn't know that trick..... boy have I missed some wonderful shots... thank you.
Bob, Fort Myers, FL

Hermoso!!! Los mejores espectáculos nos los brinda gratuitamente nuestra madre naturaleza!!

Stunning displays! Thanks, Daniel. Would love to know what the flowers are....the Castilleja, the Lupinus, and the rest. What an amazing botanical year this is, at least in NW North America. I've seen things blooming or in fruit the last few days that normally are all done by early July.

Abies lasiocarpa, subalpine fir
Lupinus arcticus, arctic lupine
Valeriana sitchensis, Sitka valerian
Erigeron glacialis var. glacialis, showy daisy
Castilleja is either miniata or rhexifolia, apparently there's a lot of hybridization going on with the genus there.

There are a few other things in the photos here and there, I can identify some of those as well if you like, though I have to look at the photos closely to spot them.

I'm pulling the names (particularly of the Erigeron) from Björk and Goward's Vascular Plants in Wells Gray via their Ways of Enlichenment site.

Thanks, Daniel, that does just fine. And thanks, too, for the
Enlichenment
site - what interesting stuff!

Every ordinary day deserves a bright spot. Thanks for being that for me today. This inspires me to want to recover from recent orthopedic surgery, hike Mt. Washington, NH once more and take photos of its alpine meadows which are limited in size but breathtaking in June.

Hello ~ For years I have enjoyed Cornwall Hills Provincial Park as my desktop, but Wells Gray might just be my new choice!! Thank you for the wonderful photos, Daniel, most appreciated!

It looks like valley of flowers

Just spectacular, Daniel! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. Could the red-pink flowers in the middle picture be Owl's Clover of some kind?

Just so wonderful. Want to be there to explore all this bounty of wildflowers and to just enjoy the wonderful nature!

just beautiful just breathtakeing monet in his glory
i would think i can hear the sound of paint boxes
being opened all around the world.

a fairy cradled in each bloom,
to all who pass the charmed spot
whispers in warning friend admire
but touch me not

leave me to bloosom where i sprung
a joy untarnished shall i seem
pluck me,and i you shall dispel the charm
and blur the dream
thank you daniel and company

Christina, those are one of the Castilleja (paintbrush) species -- but they are closely related to the owl's-clovers.

...' to be a bee..or not to be a bee..that is the question '

yum...wildflower honey..!

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