Most of these wildflower images
were taken in early July during hikes on the Sourdough Trail to Dege
Peak above Sunrise area and to Snow and Bench Lakes in the Tatoosh Range.
July is the time for early summer flowers in the middle elevations of
the park. Paradise may still be snow-covered, the trail to Snow Lake
may have about a foot of snow on the last quarter of the trail, while
Sourdough is dry and snow-free, except for the last tens of steps to
the top of Dege Peak. These differences are due to the annual snowfall
amounts and, to some degree, the direction the slopes are facing.
In contrast, the wildflower fields
appearing in other galleries were taken in mid-August and at a greater
variety of elevations. These flowers are mid to late-summer blooms.