A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.


Meadow near Fisher Camp, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

We’re Tom & Tara, avid backpackers and appreciators of the wealth of flora in our pacific northwest terrain.  We hope this blog will make it easier for others to identify and enjoy these beautiful wildflowers.  All photos are ours, unless noted otherwise,  taken during hikes and backpacking trips in the Pacific Northwest.

We welcome your comments, corrections and your own wildflower photos.

Please respect these fragile plants; join us in observing leave-no-trace wildflower ethics.

7/11/11:  Just returned from a fantastic vacation in Banff.  While it isn’t technically the pacific northwest, it is north and it is west.  So we’ll be posting flora from that trip in the next few weeks.

8/23/11:  We’ve posted almost all the wildflower pics from our Banff trip.  Luckily, we’re headed for 4 nights on Mt. Rainier’s northern loop beginning Thursday.  Supposedly, this may actually be a good time for wildflowers after the cool summer we’ve had.  We’ve also got a fancy new SLR camera that we’re lugging along.  With luck, the new pics should start rolling out sometime mid next week.

7/30/12:  Back to the blog after a long break.  Posting a bunch of flowers from two weekend trips, one to the Bull of the Woods Wilderness and the other to Elk Meadow on the Southeast side of Mt. Hood.  Both trips were awesome.  Next trip will be a longer one in the North Cascades in late August.  Our goal is to have 100 flowers up before September!  We’re also looking to change our “theme” soon, so be ready for a new look…

9/10/12:  Had a great trip in North Cascades N.P. in late August.  Saw a lot of wildflowers and getting a little more skilled with the new camera.  We plan on trickling the new photos out (one per week) so the blog can stay active at least till late fall…Also updating some old posts with new and better photos and info, so click around and you might find something new.

4/28/13:  Started this season with a weekend trip to the grassy plateaus of the eastern Columbia Gorge.  Despite our close proximity, we’d never seen what many people believe to be Oregon’s best springtime wildflower display.  We were not disappointed!  Look for pics in the upcoming weeks.

6/29/14:  Finished adding three new categories.  You can now sort posts by elevation (low, mid, alpine), peak bloom (month) and location (cascades, coast, etc).  Also added a category for flowers that are “unique to the northwest.”  Click the drop down category tab on the right side of the home page to sort by these and more.

19 responses

  1. tama

    love your blog!

    April 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

  2. El Mysterioso

    I think that I shall never see
    A flower as lovely as a blog.

    Or something like that.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

  3. Theresa

    This is my first blog post ever! (I’ve never been accused of being cool or pioneering.) Love the site and it’s very helpful for identifying flora. Nice work, you guys!

    August 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm

  4. Kelly


    August 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

  5. Finally, you have a reason to backpack. Love it. Miss you.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  6. I’m glad to see other people highlighting the flora of their region. I’ve focused on central Texas.

    Steve Schwartzman

    October 14, 2011 at 4:52 am

  7. I am so glad to have found your blog. You have done an awesome job of identifying and labeling your wildflower pictures.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    July 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • Thanks Wendy. We too are glad you found our blog. This started as a way for us to organize our photos and learn more about wildflowers. It’s awesome that others, like yourself, can benefit. -T&T

      July 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

  8. Gary Ballou

    Tom and Tara– this looks great!
    Am wondering whether you get specific about Columbia Gorge wildflowers? When I’m out and about it’d be helpful to grab a summary of what’s in the area I’m visiting.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with at Mt Adams!

    August 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  9. Next Adventure has a wildflower identification presentation for Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge Spring Wildflowers on Tuesday, April 18, 2015. It starts at 7pm at the Grand Avenue Store, in Portland. It’s free.

    April 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

    • Oops, that should be Tuesday, April 28th!

      April 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

  10. M Cameron

    I love your blog! Is there a book that you can recommend for wildflowers for someone living in PNW British Columbia? I’m trying to plant only native species and also for forest walks. Thanks!

    October 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    • Thanks for your comment! And for being a part of our best year ever on the blog!
      In our travels, we’ve found significant overlap with BC & US PNW wildflowers. Thus most of the books on our “bookshelf” are highly recommended; Scotter & Flygare specifically covers the Canadian Rockies. For help with your own garden, you might try Arthur Kruckeberg’s “Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest” (1982), or visit his botanic garden/nursery on Seattle’s northside.

      October 2, 2017 at 6:35 pm

  11. Mary Jepsen

    Please contact me. This is in regard to a photo of Yakima Milk-vetch. Thank you.

    April 17, 2020 at 10:44 am

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