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Flowers in Manning Park
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  July and August weekends in the flowers


August 2002:

Field And Mountains
My cousin was taking a summer course in Abotsford so on a Sunday afternoon we drove back to drop him off. The highway back into Vancouver was already crowded with returning vehicles so we decided to go the other way - out to Manning Park.

Flowers By Picnic Tables
 

Pink Mountain-Heather - Phyllodoce empetriformisSpreading Phlox - Phlox diffusa
The alpine environment is known for being delicate - footsteps become paths and plants take decades to recolonize the bare ground.   The alpine environment is also known for it's beauty - acres of flowers come into bloom to take advantage of the short growing season.


There are a number of common flowers that are seen in the alpine environment - Yellow Arnica is common in the fields along with purple Arctic Lupinus, and pink Spreading phlox.  Most of the flowers are short - less than 30 cmn tall unless they find cover behind a tree or rocky outcropping.

Blowing Hairy ArnicaArctic Lupine and ArnicaSpreading Phlox - Phlox diffusa
 
Stika Valerian - Valeriana stichensisSuksdorf's silene, Cascade catchfly (Silene suksdorfii)

One of my favorite "flowers" isn't a flower at all - it's the fruit (seed stage) of a flower that blooms earlier in the season.  Western Anemone blooms as a small white flower with a yellow center.

Western Anemone - Anemone occidentalisWestern Anemone - Anemone occidentalisFlowers In Field

Common Red Paintbrush - Castilleja miniataLittleflower Penstemon - Penstemon procerus

Trees Dying
Driving back down to the midaltitudes, we saw the trees changing color!  Unfortunately, it's not fall and trees are coniferous.  The pine beetle is ravaging British Columbia and Manning Park is one of the areas being hit.  Apparently the trees need a long cold snap where the temperature goes blow -30°C.  So far it hasn't happened.

Beetle Damaged Trees


July 2004:

Cascade Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
In my previous two trips to manning (I visited Manning Park once camping), a went up to the meadows in August.  I was curious what the state of the meadows would be in July.  I had a free afternoon and it looked overcast (good for photography) so I drove out and took a look.  The first view pullout (where the road goes from paved to gravel) has a small resident population of Ground Squirrels and I stopped for a few minutes to get my bearings.


The meadows at first were a bit underwhelming - I've always seen pictures of thick fields crammed with flowers and these hills weren't those crammed fields.

Fork In The RoadField Of Flowers

Don't get me wrong - there are nice flowers at the side of the trail.  As you wind your way around, you will notice different zones (open field, under trees, south facing, north facing have different populations.

Paintbrush And LupineCheckered Butterfly On Sitka valerianTwo Paintbrushes

Some flowers become more popular in the shaded areas (Lupines and paintbrush seemed more popular), while other plants (Stonecrops, Sitka valerian) seemed to enjoy the bright sunny patches.

Lance-Leaved StonecropWestern AnemoneWhite Paintbrush

Subalpine Fleabane, Subalpine DaisyStonecrop

Pink And White FlowersSmall White Flowers

Microwave Tower
Wandering around the meadows, there is one large surprise waiting for you - the BC Hydro retransmissions station.  I believe this microwave station is part of the provincial power grid regulating the generation and distribution of power around the province.  It's also the reason this area is accessible with the minimum amount of effort it takes to drive up here.  I wonder how much smaller this facility would be if it were build with modern electronics.


I was a little disappointed I had not seen a marmot.  On my first trip up to these meadows we saw a marmot saunter across our path and my soft lenses at the time took a pretty good pictures, just because this fearless marmot didn't seem to care we were there.  I decided to walk from the upper parking lot to the lower past a large rock field to see if anything came out.  Surprise - that's where the Marmots live and a marmot came out to see what I was up to. 

MarmotMarmot Looking At MeMarmot Munching

Satisfied, I walked back to the car and started the long drive back to Vancouver.  As has happened on a number of other trips this year, as I descended down to a main road, a grouse made an appearance.

Blue Grouse
Unlike other trips, I still had most of a roll in the camera and I decided to get out and take a few photos.  From what I understand most grouse believe their camouflage is nearly perfect and will ignore people until they are basically right on top of them.  This grouse definitely knew I was there, but somehow decided I wasn't much of a threat.  I was quite happy to hear him hooting.


The drive back to Vancouver is long - I believe the round trip distance on this trip is over 500km - half way to Calgary if you took the direct route, but well worth the effort to get out of the city.



Stonecrop
Species: Sedum lanceolatum (Lance-leaf Stonecrop)
Tags: flower
Western Anemone
Species: Pulsatilla occidentalis (White Pasqueflower)
Tags: shallow depth of field
Arctic Lupine and Arnica
Tags: alpine, flowers
Suksdorf's silene, Cascade catchfly (Silene suksdorfii)
Species: Silene suksdorfii (Suksdorf's silene, Cascade catchfly)
Tags: alpine, flower
Beetle Damaged Trees
Tags: forest, road
Field Of Flowers
Tags: alpine, flowers, meadow
Spreading Phlox - Phlox diffusa
Species: Phlox diffusa (Spreading Phlox)
Tags: alpine, flower
Littleflower Penstemon - Penstemon procerus
Species: Penstemon procerus (littleflower penstemon)
Tags: flowers
Field And Mountains
Tags: field, vista
Blue Grouse
Species: Dendragapus fuliginosus (Sooty grouse)
Tags: bird
Trees Dying
Tags: forest
Two Paintbrushes
Species: Castilleja miniata (Giant Red Indian Paintbrush)
Tags: plant
Paintbrush And Lupine
Species: Castilleja miniata (Giant Red Indian Paintbrush), Lupinus arcticus (Arctic Lupine)
Tags: alpine, flowers
Microwave Tower
Marmot
Species: Marmota caligata (Hoary Marmot)
Tags: BC fauna
Small White Flowers
Species: Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Tags: flower, shallow depth of field
Stika Valerian - Valeriana stichensis
Species: Valeriana sitchensis (Sitka valerian)
Tags: alpine, flower
Flowers In Field
Tags: alpine, flowers
Marmot Looking At Me
Species: Marmota caligata (Hoary Marmot)
Tags: BC fauna
Cascade Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
Species: Spermophilus saturatus (Cascade Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel)
Tags: BC fauna
Lance-Leaved Stonecrop
Species: Sedum lanceolatum (Lance-leaf Stonecrop)
Tags: alpine, flower
Western Anemone - Anemone occidentalis
Species: Pulsatilla occidentalis (White Pasqueflower)
Tags: shallow depth of field
Common Red Paintbrush - Castilleja miniata
Species: Castilleja miniata (Giant Red Indian Paintbrush)
Tags: flower, shallow depth of field
Checkered Butterfly On Sitka valerian
Species: Valeriana sitchensis (Sitka valerian), Euphydryas editha (Edith's Checkerspot)
Tags: flower, insect
Flowers By Picnic Tables
Tags: alpine, flowers, meadow
Spreading Phlox - Phlox diffusa
Species: Phlox diffusa (Spreading Phlox)
Tags: flower
Subalpine Fleabane, Subalpine Daisy
Species: Erigeron peregrinus (Subalpine Fleabane, Subalpine Daisy)
Tags: flower
Pink And White Flowers
Species: Valeriana sitchensis (Sitka valerian)
Tags: flower, shallow depth of field
Fork In The Road
Tags: alpine, hiking, trail
White Paintbrush
Species: Castilleja parviflora (Small-flowered Paintbrush)
Tags: plant
Blowing Hairy Arnica
Tags: alpine, flowers
Western Anemone - Anemone occidentalis
Species: Pulsatilla occidentalis (White Pasqueflower)
Tags: alpine, plant
Pink Mountain-Heather - Phyllodoce empetriformis
Tags: alpine, flower
Marmot Munching
Species: Marmota caligata (Hoary Marmot)
Tags: BC fauna
Tags: alpine(13), flower(12), flowers(7), shallow depth of field(5), BC fauna(4), plant(3)
From: John Harvey Photo > Flowers in Manning Park

Your pictures of the Western Anemone in it's see stages are amazing. I am always hunting on the internet to find a great shot of that flower at that hippie head stage. I love all your shots. I am a hiker and have come upon them on numerous hikes, but only have a couple pics of them. I love your shots of all the flowers in the meadows. Beautiful..keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your adventures with us all!!! B Wooman
B Wooman
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 at 23:07:16

When is the best time to see the alpine flowers? Your pictures are beautiful and I learned a lot about the wild flowers by reading your website.
Cindy
Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 17:33:51

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