Lupine Trail to Owens Peak -- For Kathy with "Green Blessings"
High in Indian Wells Canyon in the southern Sierra Nevada, I hiked up the trail to Owens Peak for a while and found these lupine "boulders" clogging the path. They weren't the only obstacle I encountered as I got stung by a burrowing bee near the trailhead. Not fun, but the floral reward was lovely!
This image is dedicated to my friend, Kathryn Kvapil LaShure. A leader in the Creosote Ring of the Bristlecone Chapter of the CNPS, Kathy is extremely knowledgeable about wildflowers and is also a talented photographer and soapmaker extraordinaire. A most kind and generous friend, she arranged for me to be the guest speaker at this year's Ridgecrest Desert Wildflower Festival. She also told me about this location and many more in the Southern Sierra, giving me the detailed directions I needed to find all of this beauty and more. Thank you, Kathy! :-)
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