The snow plant is an interesting bit of flora. You can see them as you hike along many Yosemite trails. I see a few on the way to Half Dome. They are the small red ones that are often solitary or in very small clumps.
Steven M. Bumgardner, an expert film maker has made most (if not all) of Yosemite’s Nature Notes. “Snow Plants,” the latest episode is now out and viewable. The snow plant, or it’s botanical name, “Sarcodes Sanguinea,” is found throughout California, northern Baja, Mexico, and Southern Oregon. They thrive between 4,000 and 8,000 feet. Many animals and insects feed on the pollen and nectar of the snow plant, including hummingbirds and bees.
They are found in Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point, the Wawona Road, Tioga Road, and near the Porcupine Creek Trailhead.
Kudos to Steve!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When I discovered a new plant, I sat down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance and hear what it had to tell… I asked the boulders I met, whence they came and whither they were going.” – John Muir
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