I spent this past weekend camping with friends near Grangeville, Idaho. I was attending the annual meeting of the Idaho Native Plant Society. Meetings in the boring sense of the word occurred, but they were brief. The bulk of the weekend consisted of long hikes on guided field trips. This post is a pictorial tour of a small fraction of the plants I saw on the Coolwater Ridge Lookout trail which is located in the Bitterroot Mountains – my first of two all-day field trips. From where we were hiking we could look down at the canyon where the Selway River was fixing to meet the Lochsa River to form the middle fork of the Clearwater River. This is a part of Idaho that is basically too beautiful for words. At some point I will have more to say about this particular location, but for now here are a handful of semi-decent photos I took while on the hike.
A view from Coolwater Ridge. Looking down at the Selway River canyon.
Erythronium grandiflorum – yellow glacier lily
Leptosiphon nuttallii – Nuttall’s linanthus
Polemonium pulcherrimum – Jacob’s-ladder
Sambucus racemosa – red elderberry
Phlox diffusa – spreading phlox
Ribes viscosissimum – sticky currant
Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatutus – Columbia groundsel
Synthyris platycarpa – Idaho kittentails
Vaccinium scoparium – grouse whortleberry
Viola glabella – pioneer violet
Cheilanthes feei – Fee’s lipfern
Stay tuned for photos from the second of two field trips. In the meantime, go outside and see some nature.
Raise your glass. 2015 has come to a close, and Awkward Botany is turning three. Two great reasons to celebrate.
I started the year with the goal of posting at least once per week. Consider that goal accomplished, with a couple of bonus posts thrown in for good measure. I had also deemed 2015 the “Year of Pollination.” The underlying purpose was to teach myself more about pollinators and pollination while also sharing my interest in pollination biology with the wider world. That endeavor yielded 17 posts. There is still so much to learn, but we are making some headway. I started two new series of posts (Poisonous Plants and Botany in Popular Culture) and I continued with two others (Ethnobotany and Drought Tolerant Plants). I also went on a couple of field trips and wrote a few book reviews. All of that is reflected below in “Table of Contents” fashion.
Year of Pollination:
Botany in Popular Culture
Drought Tolerant Plants
Three posts that perhaps didn’t get the attention they deserve:
Going forward, I will continue to post regularly – as there is no shortage of plant-related things to write about – but I will likely take a week off here and there. I have other projects in mind – some related to Awkward Botany, some not – that will certainly demand much of my attention and time. I have some big ideas for Awkward Botany and beyond, and I will share those with the wide world in due time. For now, I would just like to say thanks all for reading, for commenting, and for sharing Awkward Botany with your friends. Overall, it has been a great year here at Awkward Botany headquarters, and I have you to thank for that. I feel privileged to be part of a community that is infatuated with plants and is fascinated by the natural world.
Good riddance to 2015. It was good, but it gets better. Now we look ahead to 2016. May it be filled with peace, love, and botany.