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Chilean penstemon  Chelan Penstemon,Geotagged,Penstemon pruinosus,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. Respect for another beautiful tour and flawless species identification! Posted one year ago
    1. This particular hillside is a rather amazing place for the sheer diversity - but I get the feeling I probably won't go back... one of the downsides of our hyper connected times, it's getting to be a bit too well known. The trail starts on private property and the old fellows neighbors are beginning to be frustrated at the amount of traffic that attempts to park on their little country lane. Mr. Sauer has parking for about 10 or 12 cars.. the national forest folks I was speaking to (who have been fielding the complaints) say that on weekends they've heard there have been 60+ vehicles there... Posted one year ago
      1. Unfortunate to hear that. I've read before that in particular Reddit is a major source of driving traffic to locations based on some photo making it to the homepage. Hard to stop such a thing, I imagine. Posted one year ago
        1. It's one of those things that's a blessing and a curse. While the internet most certainly helps drive people to certain destinations, we've in general, got more and more people interested in the outdoors (around here at least) and getting out - exercising, seeing nature, which in itself isn't a bad thing.
          Most of them come away with a sense of wanting to protect these great places and protect our wilderness areas in general, which is wonderful but..... it comes at the expense of the popular and easier to reach places getting a great deal of over use and the problems that come with it.
          Also rather shaming, is that while many do, not everyone has, at best, the knowledge of how to visit a place with the least impact and at worst, respect for the places they visit.. they trample off trail in sensitive areas, relive themselves improperly near to water or trails, leave garbage (one of my biggest pet peeves these days is the dog poo bags...).
          I usually write trip reports for a local hiking web site that does a fair amount of the driving to certain destinations here. I think I will probably discourage people from going here - particularly if they've already experienced it before. Go somewhere new - there's so much out there to see!
          Posted one year ago

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Cluster of erect stems from branched, woody base. Foliage and stems with small glistening glands, often ashy gray on lower section of stems. Leaves with fine teeth, lance- to egg-shaped at base, 2–4 in. long including long petiole; stem leaves triangular to oval, sessile. Flowers in 3–7 loose, many-flowered clusters. Flowers blue-purple, with lower lip larger than upper, staminode extending to edge of throat opening, tip bearded with golden hairs. Grows from rocky forest openings on east side.. more

Similar species: Lamiales
Species identified by morpheme
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Uploaded May 19, 2017. Captured May 18, 2017 09:29 in Sauer's Mountain Trail, Peshastin, WA 98847, USA.
  • X-E2
  • f/1.0
  • 1/180s
  • ISO400
  • 55mm