On our camping trip this past weekend, one of my favorite activities was watching for wildflowers to photograph. I was quite impressed with my knowledge of the flowers I discovered along our hike.
For example, I recognized these little cuties as yellow violets!
And I knew the trillium because some of my blog readers clued me in on it a week or two ago. (This one wasn’t nearly as pretty and the first one!)
I wasn’t so sure about this one, but I thought it was likely some sort of berry.
I decided I needed a book… because, truth be told, I really don’t know the names of very many wildflowers. When I saw this Field Guide to [Western] Wildflowers at Costco the other evening, I snatched it up! Just what I needed!
Other books in the series were for birds and trees. It would be fun to identify all those things as we go on our little excursions, but I decided that I was most interested in the flowers.
Wanna know what I learned already?
- Turns out there are 5 different yellow violets listed in my book! I guess I didn’t know so much, after all. I identified the ones we saw as Stream Violets.
- The trillium is also known as the Western Wake Robin. (I could have identified it myself if I had had this book before, but it was more fun to have you help me!)
- The “mystery” berry is the Western Serviceberry.
So now I have a new hobby.
Because, of course, I need another hobby!