Wildflowers, Yellow Composites

A relatively wet spring here on the foothills of the Wasatch Range, south end of Utah Valley. That means the wildflowers have been especially abundant.

First the glacier lilies, spring beauties, and Wasatch bluebells.

Then a sequence of yellow composites. The photos aren’t very good, taken with my little phone and without my reading glasses. But they still give a sense for the striking similarities between flowers growing out of distinctly different clusters of leaves.

Arrowleaf balsamroot were the first wave (you can see them loosing their petals already):

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Now two other yellow composites are flowering, neither of which I can identify (can anyone help?).

THANKS FOR THE HELP FROM FRIENDS: THESE ARE MULE’S EARS

The first have low, broad, waxy wings the deer nibble on. You can see a couple of leaves here with their tops gone to feed the deer.

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And these, with narrower leaves and growing out of bunches:

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Native plants growing naturally in their chosen ecosystems. They make their own ways. And they make me happy.

Finally, the black-headed grosbeaks have been singing their melodious heads off, and the black-headed towhees have been sending their morse-signals. And yesterday, for the first time this spring, I saw my favorite bird of all: a lazuli bunting.

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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