The summit’s floral beauty is seductive
Posted by editor on August 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment
The floral beauty atop Mount Revelstoke is certainly seductive. Everywhere you look, it seems, there are Indian paint brushes, mountain avens, willowherbs, monkey flowers, daisies and more.
However, this gorgeous explosion of colour is short-lived! If you put off the hike, bike ride or drive to the summit much longer you’ll miss this summer’s bounty.
Here is a selection of photos taken by Parks Canada’s Karen Best and Jacolyn Daniluck that we hope you’ll enjoy. We did!
Its petals gone, this yellow mountain aven offers its wispy seeds to the breeze. Many flowers are still in bloom along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and on Mount Revelstoke National Park summit’s. However, their life span is brief so you should get up there to see them as soon as you can. Karen Best photo courtesy of Parks Canada
Sometimes called River Beauty, willowherb is often mistaken for fireweed. Karen Best photo courtesy of Parks Canada
A vehicle makes its way up the mountain past a floral display worthy of
note. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the drive up to the
meadows. Karen Best photo courtesy of Parks Canada
The lupins are really showy right now. There is a carpet of purple at the summit! In this photo, Parks Canada’s Karen Best captured a bee in flight (center left) making its way to one of the lupins.Karen Best photo courtesy of Parks Canada
Much of the pollinatiion on the summit is handled by flies, but there are bees hard at work — like this little fellow enjoying a purple mountain daisy. Karen Best photo courtesy of Parks Canada
A bevy of tiny flies congregate on a Sitka valerian. Karen Best photo courtesy of Parks Canada
There are still patches of snow on the summit. Jacolyn Daniluck photo courtesy of Parks Canada
This fly and bee almost look as though they’re having a conversation on this purple mountain daisy. Jacolyn Daniluck photo courtesy of Parks Canada