As I was coming down the Hayden trail I did get one surprise. On the side of the trail were several Nodding Onions with their purple blossoms nodding in the breeze. We see Wild all over the mountain early in the year, but these tend to show up in the heat of summer. The first time I saw them was after the big fire in 2008. In an area of burned out Mountain Mahogany the Nodding Onions were sprouting, oblivious to the devastation that had just occurred, or maybe even helped by the heat. The onions pictured below don't have as much color as the ones I saw the other day.
|Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)|
|Gayfeather (Liatris punctata)|
Let's hope for some rain and freshen up the mountain!