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By Harli

Washington, United States Us

We live near Mt. Rainier in Washington State which is the Northwestern corner of America. I can see this mt. from the end of my street. It's over 14,000 ft. and so beautiful.
We were up there recently and these flowers were growing everywhere. Any ideas what they might be?




Sorry, Harli - I wish I could help but I think it'll have to be one of your compatriots this time! What a great view. Some of my American side of the family (one of Mum's brothers) lived in Yakima. When Mt Rainier erupted, my uncle sent me a whole useful box of press clippings, volcanic ash etc for me to teach my class about volcanoes!

7 Sep, 2008


Spritzhenry ~ Your family lives across the mt. on the dry side of Washington from me. It was Mt. St. Helens that erupted and we were on vacation in the mts. that day.
Our car was covered in ash and we never reached our destination as they closed the roads. We stayed in a park where we could. At 2:00 in the afternoon, it was so dark automatic lights came on. The ash was so fine that every time a car went by it flew back in the air again to fall once more. Car filters were clogged and stopped the engines, so people just parked along the roadside.
My sons were small and wanted to help their Dad by getting rags and wiping the ash off the car. They didn't realize it was very abrasive and scratched the car like crazy. It's a beautiful spot to visit now and the power of it is still overwhelming when I see it.

7 Sep, 2008


wow, is that really the view from your house, I gota visit just for view

7 Sep, 2008


i have no idea about the flowers but wow (again) what a view.

7 Sep, 2008


Stunning picture.

Someone on GoY will eventually ID the flowers ~
but, in the meanwhile you'll probably get more comments just admiring the view. LOL

7 Sep, 2008


Sorry, can't resist! Absolutely beautifu!!

7 Sep, 2008


I think it is a variety of Cotton Grass . Eriophorum We have something rather like it on boggy ground, but much smaller. I wish I could be there to see it. What a super picture.

7 Sep, 2008


Ooops, Harli, I had a senior moment there, didn't I! Of course it was Mt. St. Helens. I can't remember when it was but quite a number of years ago, wasn't it!

7 Sep, 2008


Yikes, Spritz don't even think about Mt. Rainier erupting, it's way too close to us! As to the flowers, I think it is Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax). I have a wonderful book called Wildflowers of the PNW by Mark Turner. The index isn't great but the pictures and write ups are fabulous. Sarah

8 Sep, 2008


Thanks Sarah, and nice to meet someone else from the PNW. As Sarah know, we can see Mt Rainier from almost anywhere in Western Washinton.

8 Sep, 2008

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