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Wildflowers in Yellowstone National Park - A Photo Gallery
Wildflowers and maybe some "blooming weeds" from Yellowstone
"...wild flowers should be enjoyed unplucked where they grow." Quote by President Theodore Roosevelt.
This gallery is dedicated to some of the flowers that could be found in Yellowstone on a recent trip. Depending on who you are, you may consider some of these "weeds", but I include them all the same because they are a bigger part of the diverse ecosystem going on in Yellowstone. In fact, did you know that Yellowstone is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Americas? I thought that a fascinating thing to know. If not for many of the flowers there, it would be much different.
Photos of Wildflowers in Yellowstone National Park
Photo 1 - Field of blooming yellow wildflowers. I love scenes like this. If you have the time and patience, and look closer on each of these flowers, there is more going on than meets the eye. I love how they seem to light up the landscape here.
Photo 2 - This photo contains a couple different wildflowers growing here. There are some white as well as some yellow ones. Please click on these photos if you care to see them larger.
Photo 3 - Some more yellow flowers, and I like both the brightness and golden tone of yellow, but also the stem has a pretty color on these flowers.
Photo 4 - A unique kind of bee on a purple or periwinkle thistle flower. I actually really love these flowers! They are so beautiful to me, and such interesting plants. They are extremely hardy, and tough. Their shape alone is fascinating to me.
Photo 5 - A bold and round shaped "fluffy" flower with a full seed head. Nature has fantastic mechanisms for making sure certain types of flowers or plants go on for another season. Imagine this one at the perfect stage when a big gust of wind comes.... Beautiful. (Unless we are talking dandelion types of flowers and in my backyard, haha.) In fairness, I can find beauty even in a dandelion, but they tend to get carried away sometimes.
Photo 6 - More pretty purple represented on the landscape. I absolutely love that color. The built in defense mechanisms some of these guys have is impressive as well.
Photo 7 - This is a very unique plant and flower. The one spot we saw so many beautiful animals had a lot of these in the foreground. It really was an interesting scene.
Photo 8 - This looks like a big weed, but there are also flowers there too. The weeds do make flowers, and they help the insect wildlife at the very least.
Photos 9 & 10 - These two photos show some different flowers along the creek bed. Look closely to the sides right off the water.
Photo 11 - (A bit out of order, I know, on this one.)This is one of the more showy and beautiful flowers in this gallery. Everything about it is pretty or interesting to me.
Photo 12 - A little hillside with tall trees and more yellow flowers. Ahh, if this could be my backyard.
Photo 13 - A little honey bee enjoying some bright yellow flowers.
Photos 14 & 15 - I know I know, these don't look like much. If you enlarge the photo by clicking on it, you can see more of why I included these. These both are VERY inhospitable areas for flowers to be growing. In fact, in many of the areas where you get the hot springs, you can see that where the water touches, things die off. Large trees even. The first one here shows part of the ground caving in, because of the large amount of acitivity underneath. This is why you need to stay on the paths in Yellowstone, always. I love that the flowers wanted to, and were able to grow here. I think its an awesome thing, in more ways than one. Phot0 15 shows some little purple flowers growing right in the line of "fire" (almost literally, often that water is bubbling over its so hot!)
They are growing against all the odds there. I love that!
Photo 17 - Pretty little purple flowers blooming, and little orange moths enjoying the flowers.
Photo 18 - A different type of another purple flower happily blooming in Yellowstone.
Photo 19 - Some uniquely colored blue and white flowers. A real treat to find.
* In their own way, each of the flowers above represents another way to keep Yellowstone "alive" and thriving to the degree it is. Part of a much larger cycle. I feel very thankful to have been able to go.
Another quote by President Theodore Roosevelt,
"The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books."