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Flowers on the Summit of Lyell
Sky-pilots is a very fitting name for this flower. So fragile and so strong, they live close to the sky. These flowers I have seen as high as 14000 ft in California (on the summit of Russell). Electra is the peak seen in the background.
Lyell. California. July 14, 2007. 1:15 pm.

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Anya JingleThey are...

Anya Jingle

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Sky-Pilots also often referred to as Polemonium. They were favorite flowers of John Muir.
Nice photo!
Posted Jul 21, 2007 4:19 pm

VladislavRe: They are...

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Thank you, Anya!
I hoped you would chime in. I was sure you knew the answer. Sky-Pilots! What a fitting name!
Vlad.
Posted Jul 22, 2007 3:05 am

Anya JingleRe: They are...

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Hi Vladislav. Yes, I like their name a lot too. Have you smelled the flowers? They are stinky yet beautiful ;)
Posted Jul 22, 2007 3:16 am

VladislavRe: They are...

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Anya, I have another question for you. It's usually quite windy at the altitude where sky pilots grow. Not a good place for insects. Also I haven't seen many insects above 13000 ft, I saw some half-frozen flies on Lyell glacier but that's it. How do sky pilots manage to pollinate?
Thanks,
Vlad.
Posted Jul 22, 2007 2:24 pm

Anya JingleRe: They are...

Anya Jingle

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Good question. When sky-pilots give out the characteristic foul odor it attracts the flies to them and flies pollinate them. Sometimes this plant can also smell sweet and pleasant and then bees will show up and pollinate.
Posted Jul 22, 2007 7:15 pm

PrestonRheaBeautiful picture...

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Amazing picture of amazing country. One small thing I would like to point out, my friend: there are no points in California or the world for that matter that are 140000ft tall. Just a small edit. :]
Posted Sep 4, 2008 6:33 pm

deenjaShangri-la

deenja

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That valley south of Lyell is one of the most spectacular terraced hanging valleys/lakes area of the whole Sierra's. Great photo. Thank you for reminding me of my first peak in the Sierra's
Posted Oct 20, 2012 7:00 pm

StevenThawSIERRA not sierra's

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The SIERRA is ONE mountain range! The Sierra Nevada is Spanish for "snowy range". The California Miwok named it "Kayopha the sky and the peaks that touch it". John Muir called it the "Range of Light". Steve Thaw, Moraga,CA
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VladislavSubmitted by Vladislav
on Jul 21, 2007 3:37 pm

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Lat/Lon: 37.73940°N / 119.2706°W
Object Title: Flowers on the Summit of Lyell

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