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Butterflies, Dragonflies and the flowers that attract them

We’ve got a few wildflowers to attract the birds and butterflies.  I don’t know what most of them are.  I think the ones I enjoy most are the ones that are not so obvious.  They are like a hidden treasure when I stumble upon something I haven’t previously noticed.  Look at these adorable little blue flowers!  The flower isn’t even as big as my little fingernail.

blue, yellow and white wildflowers
Tiny wildflowers

The Western Swallowtail butterfly is such a busy little thing!  I haven’t seen one land yet!  It’s really hard to get a focused photo of a butterfly when they won’t sit still.

Western Swallowtail
Western Swallowtail

A dragonfly’s head is almost all eyes.  I just read, this morning, about dragonflies:  A funny fact is that the dragonfly has 6 legs but cannot walk.  Dragonflies have up to 30,000 facets in each eye, with a 360 degree view, but they can’t see details very well.  Humans can see better than a dragonfly but only to the front and side.

dragonfly
Male, Whitetail Skimmer dragonfly

This is a male, Whitetail Skimmer dragonfly.  The female’s body is brown instead of white.

Wild Bearries

The salmonberries are the first to come on – and they’re here!  I like them a little bit riper though.

Salmonberries
Mouthwatering Salmonberries

I see a new white wildflower and zoom in.  I thought the brown things were the seed tops of grass.  But they are actually flowers too.

It’s amazing what you can see if you take the time to look closely (metaphor alert!  I don’t have to spell it out for you, do I?).

2 Wildflowers - white and brown
2 Wildflowers – white and brown

I don’t know what kind of ferns these are but they grow like grass.

ferns
We have tall, spindley, ferns

Then we have the ones that grow in clumps.

ferns
We have clumpy ferns that unfurl

I like the curly ends and the way they unfurl in the spring.

Elk Track?
Elk Track?

So I’m wandering around looking for more wildflowers…

Who did this?!
Who did this?!

…and see this!  Where are my scat experts?  Would you say bear?  It is definitely NOT elk.

Well, actually, after a little research I found out that if elk have a rich diet they can poop a pie too.  Since I didn’t see any bear tracks, I’m thinking this has to be an elk pie.

Wildflower Season

Before we started workamping I thought wildflower season lasted for about a month in the spring.

Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, UT
Fancy Pink

But I learned something by spending 3 – 5 months in a campground.

Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, UT
Bright and Delicate

I have been continually amazed at the wildflowers that bloom throughout the summer.

Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, UT
Tiny Trumpets

No matter what part of the country we’re in, desert or mountains or rain forests, we seem to see a new variety of wildflower bloom every week!

Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, UT
Just after the snowmelt

I guess the dates on the photos don’t really demonstrate my point.

Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, UT
Giant White Columbine

But being a camp host is a busy job.

Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, UT
Blue Bells

And these are just a few of the wildflowers from half a summer in Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City and Strawberry Lake in Utah.

 

How to deal with rain

How do we deal with so much rain in the northwest?

Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

We get out to see what it has given us!

The Western Skunk Cabbage is one of the first flowers that I notice because it is so bright and large enough to see it from a distance.

Trillium
Trillium

The trillium is a beautiful, and not overly abundant, flower in Oregon.  I’m always excited to see one.  Trillium normally take 2 years to germinate and 7 to 10 years to reach flowering size.  Please, NEVER pick a trillium.

Ferns Uncurling
Ferns Uncurling

I never noticed that ferns “uncurl” until I lived in Oregon.

Heceta Head Lighthouse Gets a Raincoat
Heceta Head Lighthouse Gets a Raincoat

Looks like they’re finishing putting the raincoat on Heceta Head Lighthouse today!

That should help with the restoration work.

We will miss Lodgepole Campground, UT

Well, since we’re leaving Lodgepole, we have to show some of the unique and fun things we’ve seen while we were here.

Bike Parade at Lodgepole Campground
Bike Parade at Lodgepole Campground

We really enjoyed the campers at Lodgepole – lots of friendly families, no rowdys.  We loved the participation in the July 4th Bike Parade!

Pogo - the bouncing chipmunk
Pogo - the bouncing chipmunk

Don tells the kids about his ‘Name the Squirrel Program’.  You see when those silly squirrels wake up in the spring, after hibernating all winter, they have forgotten their names!  So, if you can get a squirrel or chipmunk to stare at you for 3 seconds, you can name them.  He writes the name in the book and tells the next kids their names.  Here are some of the names:  Alvin, Porkchop, Adam, Mrs. Chippy, Hammy, Bosco, Bonkers, Freckles (my favorite), Cherryelle, Squirt  – there are too many to list them all.  I named this chipmunk Pogo because he didn’t just run, he bounced.  Although, if he eats anymore that will probably stop.

Loop A Deer Herd
Loop A Deer Herd

Lots of deer wander through the campground.  We’d usually see them alone or in pairs but was pleasantly surprised to see 4 of them this morning.  We haven’t seen any bucks though.

Safety Briefing for Young Women's Camp
Safety Briefing for Young Women's Camp

The Young Women’s Camps have been fun.  Don offers to give them a Safety Briefing when they first get here.  He tells them about the local wildlife (squirrels, deer, moose and black bear) and how to keep safe around them.

Chair Prank at Young Women's Camp
Chair Prank at Young Women's Camp

This is a prank another YW’s group played on their leaders.  They did it in the middle of the night.  I’m glad I wasn’t awake to watch!  Maybe Don needs to update his Safety Briefing?

Summer's Fairy House
Summer's Fairy House

Some parents feel like they need to bring crafts for their kids to enjoy the outdoors and we end up with paint on the cement and tables to spoil the next camper’s experience (or mine).  Then there are others who encourage their children’s creativity using nature without destroying it.  This pretty girl, Summer, built a Fairy House out of a log, bark, rocks, sticks and pine cones.  I had never heard of a Fairy House so she showed it to me.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!!  It’s almost as tall as Summer.  The Fairies visited it too, and left her some rings and bracelets!

Lodgepole Bull Moose
Lodgepole Bull Moose

Of course we will miss the new wildflowers each week and the moose!

Pink Wildflowers
Pink Wildflowers

Up towards the Canadian border, though, there will be more wildlife to enjoy including grizzly, lynx and wolves.  We are looking forward to new opportunities!