|Starflower, Trientalis latifolia.|
These perennials may have from 5 to 9 petals. The name originated because the flower stalks are so fine that the flowers seem to be floating in the air above the plant.
|Such glossy leaves! Western lily of the valley, Maianthemum dilatatum.|
|The flower stalks stand above the layer of leaves, one per pair of leaves.|
|Prickly! Our native blackberry, with Oregon grape leaves.|
The Oregon grape spines are hard and sharp. The blackberry's spines are soft, insidious. They don't pierce a glove (Oregon grape does), but can embed themselves in bare skin.
|Trailing blackberry, a native. Rubus ursinus. Male and female flowers are on different plants, the male flowers slightly bigger, sharper-petalled.|
|Thimbleberry. Not a ground-dweller. The shrub grows up to 2.5 metres tall. Rubus parviflorus.|
All the thimbleberry flowers I looked at near Lake Roberts were hosting a collection of bugs, mostly tiny brown beetles.
|Yummy pollen! The beetles look like tiny rove beetles; their jackets leave the last half of the abdomen bare.|
Also seen; foam flowers, vanilla leaf, chickweed, all white, all blowing in the wind.