17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Mountain Pride with Jeffrey Pine under the stars

I am a sucker for wildflowers and one of my favorite native wild flowers and one that uses hummingbirds as matchmakers is the Penstemon. They are native to North America and do not grow wild anywhere else. On this mountain, I found this Penstemon at the base of the Bonsai tree. It seemed like both the Mountain Pride (Penstemon newberryi) and Jeffrey’s pine (Pinus jeffreyi) had been planted there carefully to have the best view of the Half Dome.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Yosemite Valley, California, United States of America
Camera: SLT-A99V
Copyright: © Rajesh Jyothiswaran