Tuesday, July 22, 2008

July In Bloom

This first photo is of Paintbrush. You can pull out those growths that look like horns and you'll find edible nectar. I didn't do that simply because I didn't know it until I showed the photo to Mr. Goat's Lunch Pail.
He has degrees in forestry and botany so a walk in the forest is like a trip down Nature's produce aisle with him.

Wild Onion in bloom. I haven't tried it, but I have used Wild Garlic to flavour some campfire escargot on a camping trip a few years ago. I'm a bit reluctant to collect these by myself as a similar plant, Death Camas, grows in the same area.

Wild Blue Flax.

Vetch. Enlarge it and see the bug on the left side on top. It looks annoyed.

I found these lovely blooms at Wild Horse Creek along the David Thompson Highway. I was east of the Banff National Park gate so this is still my back yard. I consider the whole area west of Rocky in Clearwater County all the way to the National Park boundaries as my back yard.


I must make a correction. I recently listed The Weeping Wall as being in Jasper National Park. It is located in Banff National Park below Sunwapta Pass. Jasper Park starts just north of the summit of Sunwapta Pass.


Hilary said...

I can't resist flower photos.. or your bear shots.. and most anything you post. Lovely as always, Leah.

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh my, Hilary. What a lovely thing to say. Thank you so much.

Missicat said...

Love the flower pics. You make campfire escargot? wow!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Missicat. Campfire escargot with olive oil and wild garlic. One of the most bestest things ever.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

Gorgeous flowers. Thanks so much.

I,too, am impressed by the campfire escargot.


the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah - love those photos!! And I am so glad that Mike has those degrees, as you know all too well, as I am always sending photos of things, asking for him to ID them for me!! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

dfTerrie - You are welcome. Flowers are a joy to see and to photograph. I'm glad you enjoy them, too.
Snails on the open fire are quite easy to do. I strongly recommend them that way.

DfBag Lady - Glad you like the pics.

Reb said...

Lovely flowers, lovely photos.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb.

Thomma Lyn said...

Oh, such beautiful photos! And I enlarged and got a kick out of the picture of the bug. :)

Campfire escargot? Way cool!

And wow, great minds think alike. :) Just the other day, hubby and I were talking about the mountains we hike in, how they feel like our backyard!

Leah J. Utas said...

TL, glad you liked the bug. I got quite kick out of it.
Glad you like the photos.