Prairie coneflowers are a common sight this time of year in meadows and along roadsides. Cheery yellow blossoms with a green and brown cone center grace the Hills abundantly. They’re humble little flowers, and an indication that summer is indeed here!
About a week and a half ago, however, I noticed a strange one blooming up near our mailbox along Highway 40 – Instead of sunny yellow, the petals were daubed with a beautiful crimson. Since first noticing the single mutant flower, the rest of the plant has flowered, producing more color morph flowers! What a fun find. When it re-seeds or the plant comes back next summer, I wonder if the color variation will still be present!
Even “accidents” in God’s Creation can be so beautiful!
Black-eyed susans and milkweed mean that summer is here! Spotted these on the shores of Lakota Lake this afternoon.The first of the summer season.
These quirky little blossoms bloomed all along the rim of Hell’s Canyon, some of them still closed, others in full bloom.While most of them were blooming in the earth, we did find a clump of them growing in the cleft of a rock.
If you’ve read much of my blog, you probably have picked up on the fact that I kind of love violets. This little beauty is no exception. Found these in thick carpets along Hell Canyon.
I only saw these once along the Hell Canyon trail. They looked like little upside-down clusters of grapes!Almost unnoticeable next to the flashier, showier wildflowers, but these are charming.
Found this little gem along the Hell Canyon trail, west of Custer. Ranged in color from palest pink to a deep fuchsia.
Their blossoms are probably a centimeter long, maybe a half inch, and don’t open any further than this. They’re a relative of the pasqueflower, since both are genus anemone.