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Ruth and I had been searching for ten years, as long as we’ve known each other, for this flower. Every year we would investigate the internet and guide books and talk to people who seemed like they’d know about such things. We would go on distant excursions–to Oregon’s Cascade Range, to a forest area above Mendocino, to Yosemite. We went to the wildflower show in Oakland to see a wild cutting hoping its aura would rub off on our psyches and guide us in our incessant search. Personally, I never thought we’d find it in this lifetime. I’d given up ever finding a Washington Lily, aka Shasta Lily, aka Cascade Lily, in the wild. Well, last weekend, we not only found one, but 20 some plants, near Lake Tahoe.

Ruth was the first to see it, upright and elegant in a forest clearing that (more…)

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