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Castilleja rhexifolia
Castilleja rhexifolia

Above tree-line, alpine meadows glow with the hot pink of Castilleja rhexiifolia, the gold of various Asteraceae, the white of Bistorta bistortoides, and numerous other splashes of color from at least a dozen other species. 

Castilleja rhexifolia

With our friends Jack and Inge, Betty and I walked slowly above tree-line up the steep Ice Lakes Trail on a sunny day that gradually gave way to clouds.  Eventually a few rain drops came and then, just as we topped out at Upper Ice Lakes, thunder, wind, and small hail pounded.  We put on extra clothes and our rain gear and knowing the danger that lightning posed to us, we turned, and without stopping for lunch, moved as quickly as we could down the trail.  But in just a few hundred yards I had to stop to photograph Castilleja rhexiifolia in a massive field of Castilleja septentrionalis.  You can see small hail tucked into several plants.  Perhaps you can also hear the thunder, feel my concern for our safety, and share our joy in this incredible beauty as we quickly plunged down the nearly three thousand feet of elevation we had just gained.