Rain flowers

Cheery western columbine on the trail to Cream Lake. The Haida call them rain flowers, a name preferred by some of our friends.

There are many flowers on the west coast of BC that could get the name “rain flower” but for some reason the Haida bestowed it on western columbine. This little patch was perhaps the richest and most vibrant meadow of columbine that we’ve ever seen, so naturally I couldn’t resist making it the foreground to the imposing Mt Septimus.

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Mt Septimus

A floral path points to Mt Septimus

Along the final approach to Cream Lake we had this view ahead of us the whole time. The hike passed many small ponds and tarns which were just begging to be used for lovely reflection shots, but alas the breeze was enough to always ripple the surface. So I had to make do with a bed of pink mountain heather instead. Life’s tough, eh?