In mid-July of 2020 a friend and I backpacked in Goat Rocks Wilderness. The flowers were very late that year; our choices were a bit slim. The one flowering plant we did find quite a bit of was the Western Pasque Flower (Anemone occidentalis).
I’ve photographed this plant later in the season, when most other flowers are peaking, and by then Pasque flowers have gone to seed and formed fluffy seed heads. (The seed heads are why this plant is also called, “old man of the mountain.”)
The flowers are interesting to photograph because they tend to grow isolated as a single plant (it’s hard to find a patch of them), and they exhibit nyctinasty and close up late in the day. I decided to try and go with the flow, and centered on a single plant. Even though the flowers are closed, they looked a bit like rose buds to me.
FUJIFILM X-T30, f/16 @ 15.9 mm, 0.5s, ISO 160, No Flash
John W. Williams, DVM