We did not find fireweed on the Fireweed Trail. I suspect that it was still too early in the season at that high altitude. However, we did find fireweed in the Kootenay Valley off of the Simpson's River Trail. Fireweed gets its name because it is one of the first plants that springs to life in the aftermath of a burn. Fireweed even appeared in London a year after bombings in World War II. Like many other wildflowers, fireweed is edible and can be brewed into a tea.
The mountain vistas are magnificant--of that, there can be no doubt. But the meadows and woodland also provide a splendid habitat for wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors. This photo portrays the Shrubby Cinquefoil.
A delicate little thing indeed. But the medicinal qualities are most potent. For instance, if you should have intestinal worms--try brewing up a pot of Mountain Blue-Eyed-Grass tea. That should expel those nasty critters.
Surprisingly the Labrador Tea is not a wildflower but an evergreen shrub! No matter, it is still one of the prettiest flowering plants in the forest. As implied by the name, Labrador Tea can be brewed and steeped to make a drinkable tea. However, excessive amounts cause drowsiness and may stimulate urination (I've not known a liquid when taken in excessive amounts that did not stimulate urination).
One neat aspect of the new camera is the ability to focus on a close object while the remainder of the field is blurred like an impressionist painting. I thought that this lily pasture would be a good spot to try this type of photograph. I think it turned out pretty well (although it is difficult to see what I mean with the small VT scale photos.)
Wood lily roots have medicinal uses as treatment for stomach ailments, coughs and even as a salve for open wounds.
A pretty perennial found in shady mounatin spots from Wyoming to Alberta and BC.
I started photographing wildflowers on this trip for the first time because I finally have a camera that is versatile enough to take photos in the shade as well as bright light and that can focus on close-up objects as well as distant landscapes. I had a lot of fun seeking out different types of wildflowers
These little guys are tiny flowers with heads measuring about 15 milimeters. Groundsels are sometimes referred to as butterweeds.
I suppose daisies are common just about everywhere, but it was still a photographical sight to come upon a field of wild daisies sprouting up hither and yon without being reigned in by a gardner.