Trips: Shenandoah Summer Wildflowers 2016

Shenandoah National Park is awash in wildflowers this summmer.  Here is a collection of photographs from Shenandoah this summer.

A great magnet for butterflies

A great magnet for butterflies. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Geraniums bloom for much of the late spring and summer where there is sufficient moisture

Geraniums bloom for much of the late spring and summer where there is sufficient moisture. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Turks Cap at the Point Overlook

Turks Cap at the Point Overlook. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Turks Cap

Turks Cap. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Goldenrod blooms in the fog.

Goldenrod blooms in the fog. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Wildflowers bloom on a hillside below Shenandoah's peaks.

Wildflowers bloom on a hillside below Shenandoah's peaks. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A field of rudbeckia and helianthus bloom with Old Rag Mountain looming in the back.

A field of rudbeckia and helianthus bloom with Old Rag Mountain looming in the back. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The slender flowering spikes of black cohosh invite us into Big Meadows and the forest's edge.

The slender flowering spikes of black cohosh invite us into Big Meadows and the forest's edge. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Pink Allium wildlfower complements the numeous rudbeckia, daisies and helianthus found in Shenandoah National Park.

Pink Allium wildlfower complements the numeous rudbeckia, daisies and helianthus found in Shenandoah National Park. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A vivid red columbine blooms in the moist shade.

A vivid red columbine blooms in the moist shade. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The dried seed heads of cow parsnip rise above a field of black eyed susans and sunflowers.

The dried seed heads of cow parsnip rise above a field of black eyed susans and sunflowers. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A soft fog blankets Big Meadows' wildflowers.

A soft fog blankets Big Meadows' wildflowers. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Orange Butterfly Weed, is in reality a beautiful wildflower that blooms in the open meadows in late summer,

Orange Butterfly Weed, is in reality a beautiful wildflower that blooms in the open meadows in late summer,. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Amidst the drying grasses of late summer grows a medley of orange butterfly weed, yellow rudbeckia and pink clover near Big Meadows...

Amidst the drying grasses of late summer grows a medley of orange butterfly weed, yellow rudbeckia and pink clover near Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Wildflowers White Queen Anne's Lace, or Daucus carota, and pink clover against a backdrop of black eyed susans in Big Meadows...

Wildflowers White Queen Anne's Lace, or Daucus carota, and pink clover against a backdrop of black eyed susans in Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A wildflower field of Queen Anne's Lace and pink clover grows on the edge of Big Meadows.

A wildflower field of Queen Anne's Lace and pink clover grows on the edge of Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Orange butterfly weed grows amidst a field of pink and white allium and scattered thistle and milkweed, in Big Meadows.

Orange butterfly weed grows amidst a field of pink and white allium and scattered thistle and milkweed, in Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Purple Begamot or bee balm mixes with white Queen Anne's Lace and white and pink allium in fog covered Big Meadows.

Purple Begamot or bee balm mixes with white Queen Anne's Lace and white and pink allium in fog covered Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Big Meadows has the highest concentration of rare plants in Shenandoah and both contains and abuts important wetlands with two...

Big Meadows has the highest concentration of rare plants in Shenandoah and both contains and abuts important wetlands with two mafic fens, a type of wetland, present that support exceptionally rare flora. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A mix of wildflowers in Big Meadows.

A mix of wildflowers in Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Pink wildflowers line a rock wall at one of the overlooks into the Shenandoah valley.

Pink wildflowers line a rock wall at one of the overlooks into the Shenandoah valley. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Queen Anne's Lace, bee balm and clover mix in Big Meadows.

Queen Anne's Lace, bee balm and clover mix in Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A massive scape of ferns in Shenandoah National Park.

A massive scape of ferns in Shenandoah National Park. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Yellow helianthus wildflowers bloom at Jewell Hollow Overlook.

Yellow helianthus wildflowers bloom at Jewell Hollow Overlook. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Wildflowers and butterflies enjoy the view of Jewell Hollow Overlook.

Wildflowers and butterflies enjoy the view of Jewell Hollow Overlook. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.