On my walks I see a lot of amazing things. The meadows, mountains, lake - they are all so beautiful. Some of the things that make the Meadows so special are the wildflowers everywhere. I took some time out of my strenuous morning walk to explore these colorful additions to the scenery, take pictures of them, and let you in on the very secret information I have regarding them (i.e. the names).
This lovely yellow flower blankets the whole meadow. It is characterized by its silvery leaves and stems as well as its small bright yellow flower. I particularly love the smell of it and can be found sticking my head into it quite frequently. And it isn't sticky or stickery so there is no problem with it coming home with me as well.
This is the Rubber Rabbitbrush and it is native to the low meadowlands of Lake Tahoe.
Contrast that yellow flower with this one. This yellow flower sits low to the ground and has dark green leaves. This is the Monkey Flower. It is at the end of its blooming season so I had to walk a lot to find a plant with good looking yellow flowers.
Scattered throughout the meadows are sections with these reeds. I love love love these green segmented stalks. They taste great, all green and juicy. And in the morning they are kinda wet and cool. They are perfect to jump and sprint through.
These long stalks with a brown tassel on the ends are Indian Tobacco. I don't think they are native to the meadows (since I have not seen more than a few spots that have it). They are pretty cool and tall, though. I tried a to take a chomp/taste of one but my mommy told me NO! NO!
No essay on wildflowers would be complete without a mention of Lupine. This kind is called Brewers Lupine. I like the pretty blue flowers. And they are about my height so I can hide in the Lupine and no one can find me. This is very useful when I don't want to come in but my mommys want me to come in.
Because we will leave Tahoe on Sunday, I am going to blog a little extra so I can share my adventures with you. Please check them out.