I should have dawdled more on the road to Bella Coola. I should have taken more time examining the vegetation. I should have taken repeat photos, in case of fuzz. I should have collected a few samples. Now I'm stuck with iffy photos of plants that I can't quite identify.
If only the bugs hadn't been quite so hungry!
I saw this blue/pink/purple bush by the side of the road all through the Chilcotin. It looks like a legume, but what kind? The leaves are palmate, like a lupin's; the flowers have two petals above, fused, two below, I think. The colour varies. The plant itself is about a metre tall, shrubby. We can't find it in any of our books.
On dry soil, Tatla Lake.
Another, on wetter ground by the river. Tatla Lake.
Near Heckman Pass, in a forest recovering from an old burn, I took a couple of quick shots at some ferny leaves. I didn't even see the old flower heads:
Some kind of lousewort, Pedicularis sp.
The old flower stalks, blown up. It seems that the flowers were pinkish.
At least I recognize these:
Dwarf lupins, pine seedling, and burnt logs.
And this is a salsify, gone to seed:
Also called "oyster plant". Tragopogon dubius. On the Coquihalla Highway.
"... the flowers ... close up at midday or in cloudy weather, a habit that makes them often hard to find and earns them the name 'Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon'."
Yellow flowers are hidden in this closed umbrella shape. Near Alexis Creek.
Tiny lichen, on caked soil.
And a horsehair lichen:
Speckled horsehair, Bryoria fuscescens, probably. I like the way it has woven itself into a rope.
Next time, I'm wearing a bee-keeper's outfit.