Montana Wildflowers #2

Field of Common Camas
Lolo Pass, Montana/Idaho

The Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in Packer Meadow at Lolo Pass and described in their journals the appearance of a "lake" created by the profusion of blooming camas. The flowers prefer deep soil of moist to wet meadows and grasslands and appear in valleys to lower subalpine regions between 3500-4500 feet. Like the bitterroots in yesterday's post, camas has been a food source for many native peoples in the western United States and Canada. 

Learn to make your own pictures of camas in my upcoming course Photographing Wildflowers from Start to Finish, beginning June 1, 2021, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. Click here to register.