The canadian dogwood is also known as bunchberry. The berries are bright reddish-orange and not edible. The forest floor is brightened up by their presence, since not a whole lot of showy flowers grow in the deep shade.
Another group of wildflowers from the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park. One of the advantages of the area is the road running up to over 5000′ … and the only high country access via motor vehicle in the park. That translates into a pretty crowded area.
Camera – Lens:
Paintbrush and Yarrow: Fujifilm GFX-50R and Fujinon 120mm
Mountain Bluebells: Nikon D850 and Nikkor 80-400mm
A visit to the high country of the Olympic National Park in the summer takes you to wildflower heaven. There are lots of very showy wildflowers, but there are also some that may not be showy, but are favorites, non the less. The non showy orchid here is one of my favorites in that category.
had a problem with the post schedule. Sorry this is a little late….
Pinesap (Monotropa Hypopitys) is a plant without chlorophyll, living off the roots of nearby plants for food.
This was on the Mt Walker Trail, in the Olympic National Forest, just south of Quilcene. It was overcast and in fairly dense woods. I had to push the ISO up to 2000 in order to get a reasonable f/ stop to get the depth of field needed to keep the plant in focus.
Found this trillium just starting to open along the Elwha River Road washout bypass trail. It was a cloudy day and in the woods … so I had to bump up the ISO to get a high enough shutter speed to hand hold the camera with the 80-400mm zoom. The depth of field was not ideal, but the bloom is mostly sharp.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200 1/1250 f/5.6
This Giant White Fawn Lily was growing alongside a trail in the lower Elwha Valley in the Olympic National Park. I was puzzled by identification at first. It looked like an avalanche lily, but that lily doesn’t have the mottled leaves. It also reminded me of a yellow fawn lily, but obviously, the color was wrong. A first flower for me… and a fairly rare one.
I was really delighted when I found it and wished I had carried my 100mm macro lens and a tripod. I used my 80-400mm zoom and stayed back and it worked out okay. I had to bump the ISO up to 3200 to get the shutter speed up high enough to avoid vibration and movement from the slight breeze… on a cloudy day.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200 1/1250 sec f/5.6