(eastern Boulder Mountain sagebrush steppe)
This splendid day brought an unhurried hike at wildflower peak,
amid the sagebrush steppe.
Wildflower specialists Bill McDorman, High
Altitude Gardens, and Carol Blackburn, pointed out over 40 species of
Shallow, marshy Lake Creek Lake (an easy mile off Trail Creek
road), is home to ducks and geese, an oasis in this arid country.
lead to ridges with views to the Pioneers and nearby Twin Bridges canyon.
The flower, Bitterroot (lewisia rediviva), also called rock rose, was in
full splendor -- its pink and white petals coloring dry hillsides. Also,
nearly everywhere beneath our feet, were evening primroses -- though these
white and pink were blooming in daylight.
We were fortunate to visit Lake
Creek and see so many flowers. Unfortunately, every other year, the
drainage is heavily grazed by Wildhorse Allotment cattle, and the lake and
springs have the look and smell of a feedlot. BWCC is working to change
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