Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada - 2
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Sage Brush
Sage Brush is more than a anthem of the west, it might well be a scourgeSage Brush of the west to cowboy or packer who has to loose herd stock through it. Whatever it is, there is more than enough of it to go around. From the high desert floor of Owens Valley well up the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Sage Brush seems to know no bounds. I still recall the time five packers, including myself, pushed stock from the Elder Ranch near Diaz Lake, just south of Lone Pine, some thirty miles south to Sage Flat. (Sage Flat, and Olancha Pass, was to be the trailhead for the Trail Riders of the Wilderness this particular summer because the snow was still so deep on the trail going over Mt. Whitney, we're talking about in late August, that it was impassible to stock.) As we headed out of the Elder Ranch down Lubken Canyon Road towards the Owen's Valley Aqueduct, three things became apparently clear: 1. It was going to be one long dust eatin' ride for whoever brought up the rear (and sometimes that was me), 2. No amount of singin' in the saddle was going to make this a pleasant trip, 3. We were all about to gain a new appreciation for this plant called the Sage Brush. Sage Brush We had never seen so much Sage Brush in all of our lives, up close and personal. Over that thirty miles of dry dusty trail, there must have been 100 varieties of Sage Brush, or so it seemed. Having on chaps took on a whole new level of appreciation too! For those of us who had them, they were "leg savers." I was so thankful that Tommy and Barbara Jefferson had given me a wonderful pair of rust colored deer chaps on my fifth anniversary of packing for the outfit. I cherish them still to this day. Why Tommy never trucked the stock to Sage Flat for this trip I'll never know. When we all finally reached Sage Flat you'd have thought we were related to coal miners. Only the whites of our eyes were showing through all of the dust. But what a trip! Without that trail drive there would be nothing to share with you.

Flower 1
Mule Ears

Flower 2
Corn Lily

Flower 3
Hooker's Evening Primrose

Flower 4

Flower 5

Flower 6
 Western Peony

 Flower 7
Sierra Plum

Flower 8

 "Sierra Sounds"[pdf]
by Blanch Stallings

Flower 9
Sierra Larkspur

Flower 10
Alpine Mountain Sorrel

Flower 11
Sierra Gentian

Flower 12
Elephant Heads

 Flower 13
Sierra Columbine

 Flower 14
Lone Pine Beardtongue

Flower 15
Brittle Bush

Flower 16
 Snow Plant

Flower 17
Corn Lily

Flower 18
Western Columbine

Sierra Bleeding Heart

Flower 20
Sierra Evening Primrose

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