The Flowers of Rainier - Online Classroom


The Flowers of Rainier - Online Classroom

Donovan Tracy will talk about and share his beautiful photos of the world-class treasure in our backyard, the flowers of Rainier. There will be something for all levels of flower enthusiasts, including beginners. Participation in the class will gain you first access to a series of wildflower hikes in and around Rainier. These hikes will be timed to see the most flowers. Beginner and intermediate flower identification information will be provided for each hike.

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  • Tue, Jun 15, 2021
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Moderate

On June 15th, 6:30 PM (Zoom information will be sent out the day before to participants)

Wild flower enthusiast and photographer, Donovan Tracy will discuss the amazing flowers found at Mount Rainier.   The presentation will focus on two areas: the subalpine meadows between 5,000’ – 6,500’ elevation and alpine plants found above 6,500’ in Mount Rainier National Park. Donovan will review the classifications of subalpine meadows and highlight some of their vegetation and community types. Extensive use of photographs will show the distinctions of these types with an emphasis on the contrasts between the Paradise and Sunrise sides of The Mountain. The alpine plant discussion will emphasize the uniqueness of these plants which endure harsh tundra like conditions. He will mix in some comments on wildflower photography, suggestions for wildflower hikes in the Park, and provide some historical references as well.    

Donovan is an amateur photographer with a special interest in wildflower photography. He is a volunteer with the UW Herbarium, and co-author of the wildflower guide, Alpine Flowers of Mount Rainier, with David Giblin, the herbarium’s collection manager. He developed and maintains the website Flowers of Rainier ( which features over 230 species and 12 wildflower hikes.

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