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PhotoHunt: Purple


Phlox hoodii

Phlox hoodii - Central Washington wildflower

Today is Saturday and that means it is Photohunt time. This week's theme is purple. This week we have been watching the weather and checking the reports of the wildflower blooms in Central Washington.

Central Washington, from along the eastern slopes of the Cascades through the steppe foothills and into the desert basalt cliffs magically erupts into bloom from around mid-April to the end of May. We will watch the trail reports on Northwest Hiker forum to see what is in bloom and then head east to hunt for flowers. Some of our favorite places are on the country roads outside of Ellensburg; Whiskey Dick, Vantages, Reeser Canyon.

The colors are quite diverse but there is many little flower gems in purple. Here is a sample.

Showy Phlox (Phlox speciosa)

Showy Phlox on the slopes above Vantage.

Wooly-pod Locoweed (Astragalus purshii)

Wooly pod Locoweed (Astragalus purshii)

Reeser Road Wildflower Drive

Purple lupine

Reeser Road Wildflower Drive

Penstemon fruticosus

Olsynium douglasii - Purple-eyed grass

Widow's Grass - Olsynium douglasii

Viola trinervata - Sagebrush violet

Tri-color viola - Viola trinervata

Comments (15)


beautiful flowers--I love your header

Here’s another purple flower

I love the violas.

Super photos! A great take on the purple theme.


Oh, I love your wildflower photos. I think I was predicting some kind of orchid from you!

I actually have a purple rose bush, but I cut the blooms last week, and there were no new buds today. Guess I should have read ahead on what the theme would be.

Beautiful collection of shots! Such great shades of purple and great with the names too, I'm not good with them at all...
Thanks for visiting too.

Wonderful photos. I love the locoweed; I've read about it but never seen it. Happy wildflower hunting this spring.

Lovely purple flowers. That first photo is simply beautiful.

I thought of you the other day when I went to Tucson. My friends and I went to a small enclosed shopping area with wonderful little shops and saw a large selection of alebrijes. They were all very colorful and so whimsical.

Beautiful photos! I love them all, but my favorite is the tri-color viola. Nice take on the theme this week.

These are all so pretty. I love the locoweed. Perfect set for today's theme.

Perfect - just perfect! :)

They are all so pretty!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, fantastic photos! You have such a nice collection of different kinds of flowers that are purple. I really enjoy learning the names of these beautiful flowers in your photos.

BTW, great header photo! It almost looks three dimensional like I'm driving on the road and coming across these zebras myself.

Have a great Sunday!


Martha, once again, amazing photos!!!

So thats what they are called - lupines! I learned something today. :)

Just popping in to say that I LOVE your zebra header photo! What an spectacular sight to see them casually gathered on the road like that! Thanks. :)

Beautiful flowers, Marta.

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