|THE Bear tooth on the Beartooth highway (Photo by Mary Jenson)|
I wonder what percentage of the USA population has driven Beartooth Highway: I've helped make up for them--I suspect I've driven it a dozen times at least over the decades, and never has it been more gorgeous than this past week--my camera battery gave out before we got to this spot, but fortunately, one of my eight companions (all members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society) were along--with THEIR cameras! And the President of our chapter got this picture of the actual bear tooth that the pass is named for: wonder if anyone has climbed it?
|Locoweed (Oxytropis sericea)|
|Lesquerella sp. and Oxytropis sericea|
Wonderful little drifts everywhere--like locoweed and a bladderpod on a scree.
|Saxifragta bronchialis ssp. austromontana|
The dotted saxifrage is universal in the Rockies, but always a welcome sight. I wish it were as amenable to gardens as other saxifrages!
|Clematis columbiana ssp. tenuiloba|
|Allan Taylor--mentor and brother-in-law with Pilot Mountain in background|
|Potentilla: mystery species|
|Pilot (left) and Index (right) mountains|
|Fritillaria pudica scattered about.|
|Phlox pulvinata and Smelowskia calycina|
Drabas are widespread throughout the alpine tundras of the world, and Beartooth is no exception. Alas, you must have their seedpods (siliques) to be sure of the species...
|Polemonium viscosum and Smelowskia|
|Polemonium viscosum, Smelowskia calycina and Phlox pulvinata|
Lots of snow on the peaks and along the highway--it will be colorful all summer!
|Androsace (Douglasia) montana|
|Saxifraga oppositifolia (Photo by John Brink)|
My picture was fuzzy of this loveliest of native saxifrages--which is found on the Beartooth, the Windrivers and elsewhere in Wyoming (and everywhere northward in the northern Rockies, Alaska, Central Asia...but not Colorado. There just be a few colonies lurking undiscovered yet...let's go look for them! Meanwhile, we can drive north seven hours to Cody and they'll be close by!