A tableau of lupine, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers blooms near Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park. (Timothy Mayo)

A tableau of lupine, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers blooms near Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park.

With summer reaching its apex, wildflower blooms that not long ago carpeted the lowlands are migrating to higher country. Right now, the best place to spot the ephemeral beauties is in the alpine. 

Wyoming’s mix of wildflowers includes everything from gauzy purple stalks of silky phacelia to shiny yellow buttercups, pointy shooting stars — which resemble their namesake — and small ground-hugging phlox. 

Timothy Mayo, who captured this picture on a recent outing, enjoys photographing the gamut of species, but his favorite is the delicate, bell-like purple blossoms of the harebell. 

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  1. Martin Cody : Professor emeritus of Biology ar UCLA and long time GTNP researcher mlcody@ucla.edu i have almost completed my book on the breeding birds of the Park “Birds in Seasonal Environments” The spring arrival in the County of birds that are neotropical migrants would would make a nice feature Two News perhaps Darwin Wyle could report such news in a column; here in Volcano NorCal it will be 98 degrees today and i’d much rather in Jackson Hole Good-Day to all you residents!