Plants & Wildlife
Lava Beds is a land of surprising abundance. A constant display of wildflowers starts in early spring with Carpet Phlox and Sage Marigold, and ends in fall with the golden landscape of flowering rabbitbrush. Wildlife from beetles to mountain lions can be viewed by the patient (and lucky) visitor. Visit the Nature & Science page for many more photos.
Delicate lavender Mariposa lilies dot the landscape in mid-summer.
Indian paintbrush wears an unearthly brilliant red in summer 2009.
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Delicate winecup clarkia bends its head.
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Six species of brilliant purple penstemon carpet Lava Beds in early summer.
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Blue flax on the Whitney Butte Trail, early summer 2009.
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You never know who you'll find in the high desert...
Lichens are the first organisms to recolonize a lava flow.