We just visited the meadows at Mt. Rainier National Park on the Wonderland Trail near Sunrise. Though most of the flowers have bloomed already, with foliage even turning red as you can see in this next photo of Newberry's Knotweed (which isn't all that noticeable when it's blooming), at the same time, the spectacular Explorer's Gentian is coming into its own. It's an adaptation found in high mountain meadows: bright colors, and different flowering times to minimize the competition from other flowers for the pollinators. How very fortunate for us, to have come late to the meadows but still to have seen such a show!