Background

Navigating Flowers of Rainier:

The flower collection is organized by elevational zone similar to Laird Blackwell's guidebook (ref. Blackwell). Click here for discussion of elevational zones. From the home page you can navigate to one of the three zones - Forest, Subalpine, or Alpine - and access the flower index for that zone. The index is arranged by color to aid in identification and alphabetically by common name in each color group. Clicking on a photo thumbnail will take you to the main page for that flower. By clicking on "Next Flower" it's possible to move directly to the main page for the next flower in the order of the index. Other choices are to "Return to the Index" or go to "Notes". From the notes page you can go back to the main page, back to the index, or go to the next flower. Without having more sophisticated pop-up menus it is hoped this navigation will satisfy most users; with the purposes being more to explore the site rather than just navigate it.

The Notes Page:

The notes pages provide basic background information on each flower and a place to access additional photos which may help illustrate a particular feature, e.g. close-up or leaf detail, or simply to show another view. The botanical names and their meanings are presented. An abbreviated glossary can be accessed by clicking on the terms highlighted in yellow. Five primary sources were used in preparing these narratives (see references). The purpose was not to provide a catalogue of technical information but rather to extract some interesting points from the sources to describe the plants in a way that might increase one's interest; whereupon further knowledge would be sought from technical sources. The idea is to aid in identification, satisfy basic curiosity, and foster greater appreciation of one of Mount Rainier's greatest features - its wildflowers.

Trail Notes:

Why the trail notes? These notes provide some documentation on the specific flower featured on the main page. In a way it associates that flower with a particular location in the Park, a particular trail and hike, and therefore the type of environment in addition to the elevational zone. Rather than generalize about the growing season, the actual date provides a reference to that particular flower's condition in its growth cycle at that elevation. The

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