I took a drive to the Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument over the weekend and was pleased to find the native wildflowers in full bloom. The above photo was taken at the Loowit viewpoint, just before the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The two predominant species are the orange Paintbrush and the purple Penstemon. The Penstemon does well in the rocky, subalpine environment.
These little critters love to munch on the wildflowers!
It’s a great time to visit the volcanic area when the colorful wildflowers are in bloom. Make sure it’s a relatively cloud-free day if you visit, or at least when the clouds are very high so that you can observe the volcano’s crater. You can get some idea of the conditions in the area if you check the volcano webcam.
I really like it when the sky is full of wispy, cirrus clouds. They make for some rather interesting photos.
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson