Balm For the Bees — and Me, Too

I found this huge patch of Beebalm (also called Horsemint) on the Twin Owls Loop. It was fantastic.  The bees were everywhere — many were more than an inch long. And so heavy that they drag the flower down when they grab on. These flowers get more interesting as they age — the petals turn from pink to lavender…

Tufted Evening Primrose

I found this one June morning on Cub Lake Trail.  These huge flowers (3 inches across) bloom at night and into the day time — but by afternoon have turned dark pink and begun to whither.