This isn’t a flower, but it’s still flora. Lockwood would like us to figure out what this sort of bushy tree thingie is. And I told him you guys would be completely capable.
We found this particular specimen up at the quartz vein stop, which is just off the road to Red Heifer Pass. We’d been keeping an eye out for an example all day. Lockwood had described it as being a sort of shrubby thing with smooth red bark. They’re all over the place.
So of course, since he’d said that, we didn’t see a single one all damned day. Then he backed in to one up on the quartz vein road, and I said, “Is that it?”
And he looked at the shrubby sort of tree thingie with smooth red bark and said, “Yep! That’s it!”
This stuff grows all over the Western Cascades, and probably elsewhere, although I haven’t paid much attention to it. I’m usually trying to look through it to see either a) geology or b) birds.
Lockwood’s given us a lot of geology goodness. I’m hoping we can return the favor by identifying this little red-barked delight for him.