Not all of the images here are mine and I'll note which ones aren't, though I no longer know where I got them. But these are plants I've picked or seen in my travels
Some of them are ordinary and everyone knows them...some are ordinary and everyone overlooks them. Some are extraordinary and you have to be at the right place at the right time. You'd be amazed how common orchids are!
These purple fireworks you see are wild purple alliums (onions).
These are mariposa lilies, which I saw once as a child and never thought I'd see growing wild again.
This is a giant bush of wild columbines, growing as high as four feet in the air! Never dreamed I'd see these at all.
I didn't take this photo, but this is collomia...I've truly fallen in love with it, it's a neapolitan cream orange flower with sky blue pollen inside. Lovely.
Here's my book of pressed flowers, which includes kitten's ears, sierra fawn lily, larkspur (delphiniums), and a variety of other plants.
Here's a bouquet of dried flowers. Some of it's tumbleweed, but the large white fluff grows on a tree. No clue what it is.
Here's a purple daisy that grows all over the place, anywhere I've lived. It's very overlooked. I stuck it in a vase with spider plants.
Here's a favorite of mine, the fuschia gooseberry which grows all over the mountains back home. It's a truly lovely creature. I told my mom about it when I came back from that work trip, and she said her mother used to make jam out of it. This is not my picture.
Here's Parry's Larkspur, a picture I did not take. It also grows all over back home.
Here's a Lady's Tresses orchid that grows along the creeks back home, if you look for it. It's everywhere. Twenty years passed before I noticed this tricky little bugger. The perfectly measured spiraling, like a mathematician drew it, is unbelievable.This is not my picture.
Here's the sierra fawn lily, another discrete little plant in the mountains. Tiny little thing, so lovely. Not my photo, but it has its artist named in the photo.
A truly delightful plant...it doesn't look like a flower, it's barely visible in the shaded mulchy area it grows in along the side of the path. It's an orchid, the spotted coral root, and it has no chlorophyll.I used to stand guard over it to make sure other workers didn't trample it in the Conservation Corps. I didn't take this photo.
Lastly, I WISH I had taken this photo! I found one single flower of this once. Unknowing besides that it was an orchid, I picked it. It's the endangered Fairy Slipper/Calypso orchid. It's the most delicate flower I've ever seen...the petals (or sepals, not sure) were translucent and I could see very slightly through them. That's what got me started watching for orchids.
Anywho, that's it for now...most of these I've seen while working in the CCC or wandering here in Nevada. I just wanted to share what you'll see if you keep your eyes open