[caption id="attachment_12435" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Mimulus lewisii[/caption] And right on schedule, as it was first reported by Lewis and Clark on August 12, 1805. From the Forest Service website, a little background and a link: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/mimulus_lewisii.shtml Based on their journals, the explorers encountered Mimulus lewisii “on the head...

[caption id="attachment_12430" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Lewis's Monkeyflower[/caption] This beauty was first reported by the Corps of Discovery on August 12, 1805, at Lemhi Pass, Montana....

[caption id="attachment_12419" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The eye catching but totally toxic acteae rubra, or Red baneberry. [/caption] While birds can eat the berries with no problem, these berries are highly toxic to people, often causing cardiac arrest. ...

Same trip from Ketchum to Fairfield ID, via Warm Springs Road, down through the Castle Rock fire burn area. These are Ranger's Buttons. How cool are they? [caption id="attachment_12415" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Sphenosciadium Capitellatum, Rangers Buttons[/caption]...

http://www.gardensofthewildwildwest.com/wp-admin/post-new.php# We stopped for a picnic on our way through the mountains. These aspen trees had been carved with initials. Lovers? ...

FIREWISE LANDSCAPING Wildfires are a part of life in the great American west. You can greatly reduce the risk of wildfire burning your home by practicing “firewise landscaping.” This is the practice of creating a “defensible” space” around your home and across your property, as much...