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Meadowmom

Posted on 08/09/2014


Photo taken on July 22, 2012


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John Muir
Twinflower
Linnaea borealis
Mt Shasta


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Wildflowers Have Stories Too

Wildflowers Have Stories Too
Twinflower, Linnaea borealis, well known in the Northwest. Rare in California.

In 1877, John Muir was living for a while on the flank of his beloved Mt. Shasta in California.Two of the world’s most famous botanists, a Brit named Joseph Hooker and an American professor, Asa Gray, arrived in San Francisco and took the train to the northern part of the state just to meet John. He promptly led them up his big mountain on a camping trip.

Talking shop around the campfire, the botanists mentioned the fact that no one had yet collected this particular plant in California. They laughingly chided John, who was supposed to know so much about the mountains, for not solving the mystery: why did the twinflower's distribution seem to stop north of here, exactly at the Oregon state line?

The next morning, John-of-the-Mountains disappeared down the slope of Shasta, returning before noon to hand the botanists a perfect specimen of L. borealis.

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6 comments - The latest ones
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
I enjoyed the story
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A good story and very nicely taken macro.
4 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
Fun story. Nice photo!
4 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Stunning macro.
4 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Speaking of places that were clearcut-- Apparently it happened early enough at Shasta that it was never a serious candidate for National Park-hood, unlike Rainier.
4 years ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
Wonderful image. Lovely light and focus. Thanks for the pleasure of your words, too.
4 years ago.