Many clumps of of flowering plants often contribute a field of color at the edges of melting snow.
Location: Pond near Chinook Pass, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: July 22, 2014
This is an early-blooming buttercup of subalpine meadows, growing to elevations of 7,000 feet. It is a tufted plant with toothed leaves divided into 3 lobes. The flowers are yellow-orange and borne in groups of 1-3.
Location: Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: July 9, 2014