Glacier Lilies

While visiting Logan Pass in Glacier NP, the Glacier Lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum) were really poking their heads up through the moist soil caused by the recent snow thaw. The Glacier Lily is also know as Avalanche Lily, Fawn Lily, Snow Lily and Dogtooth Lily (looks very similar to the Dogtooth Lily that grows in Missouri, except ours is white and is a woodland wildflower).

On my first trip to the area, there were no visible blooms, but lots of plants up. Within 2-3 days later, blooms were beginning to appear. Here are some of the images I captured during my visit:

Glacier Lily bud

Glacier Lilies starting to bloom

Glacier Lily closeup

And remember the Columbian Ground Squirrels I posted about yesterday? They were busy eating the stems and blooms of the Glacier Lilies, as evidenced by this next image:

Glacier Lily stem

Ahh, the circle of life … one species feeds another!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens (Photos #1,3,4) and Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 lens (Photo #2)
  • Handheld, no IS
  • ISO 250 (Photo #2) and ISO 500 (all other photos)
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/11
  • Shutter 1/40 sec. to 1/2,500 sec. (faster speed used with handheld macro lens)



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