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.