Zion: No Spry, but Yes Wildflower Identification

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Tried to do Spry on Thursday, but rain intervened. Good thing it started raining at the top of the first rappel or this could be a very different story. (Most likely the canyon did not flash, just woulda been not so much fun in a steady light rain which we did not have sufficient clothes for.)

The Team - Tim, Sue, Laura, Wayne

The Team - Tim, Sue, Laura, Wayne

Part of my effort to understand the flora of Zion is to record what flowers I see where and when, even if I am not shooting "publishable" photos. I brought my Nikon 1 AW1 camera, which is not my publishable photo camera. So we get what we get - mostly a record of what is blooming on a particular day in a particular place.

Spiderwort - Tradescantia occidentalis

Spiderwort - Tradescantia occidentalis

The crew for the day was Tim and Sue Hoover (who kinda live in Springdale, at least a few days a month), and Wayne Burns and Laura Worley from Denver who drove to Richfield Utah just to get their Subie's engine rebuilt.

Waiting out the rain.

Waiting out the rain.

We got a reasonable start, up Pine Creek, up the slickrock, over the pass, snaking through the canyon to the first rappel. At this point, the skies were grey and it smelled like rain. We did a little training to let the skies decide, and they decided to rain. We waited a bit, then packed up and traipsed back along the route, in a light rain, back to the car. Flowers? Many of the usual suspects, one new one for me (Alumroot), and...  not all that much stuff out despite the frequent mild rain the last month.

A new one for me (thanks Derrick) - Pink Alumroot (aka Coral Bells) - Huechera rubescens

A new one for me (thanks Derrick) - Pink Alumroot (aka Coral Bells) - Huechera rubescens