Blooming Lewis’s Flax in the Wasatch Mountains

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Hoverfly on Lewis's FlaxHoverfly on Lewis’s Flax – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Spring has almost given way to summer in the Salt Lake Valley but in some areas of the mountains that surround the valley spring is still on going and at the highest elevations it has only just begun. I love that I can escape the heat of the valley simply by going up into the mountains and I also love seeing the wildflowers that bloom up there.

Long before I became a bird photographer one of my passions was photographing flowers whether they were cultivated or wild, some of my first digital images taken with my Sony Mavica were of flowers and flowering shrubs that I grew in my backyard. That seems so very long ago. Now my primary focus is on birds but I still can’t resist photographing wildflowers and if the wildflowers have insects on them that is even better.

One of my favorite wildflowers is Lewis’s Flax, I love how the blossoms move in a breeze because it seems like they are dancing and their blue color is appealing to my eyes.

Single Lewis's Flax bloomSingle Lewis’s Flax bloom – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

So yesterday when I saw some Lewis’s Flax not far from a creek I aimed my lens at them and took some photos because they won’t be blooming for very long and because they are so beautiful. Lewis’s Flax is also called Prairie Flax and Wild Blue Flax and the scientific name is Linum lewisii.

Lewis's Flax in Morgan County, UtahLewis’s Flax in Morgan County, Utah – Nikon D500, f10, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Lewis’s Flax can be found in roughly 3/4 of North America from Alaska and subarctic Canada south to northern Mexico. The plants are drought tolerant and are beneficial because the flowers attract large numbers of native bees.

I’m always happy to see Lewis’s Flax in bloom dancing in the breeze.

Life is good.


I believe the hoverfly in the first photo is a Bird Hoverfly – Eupeodes volucris


  1. April Olson June 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Very nice photo.

  2. Patty Chadwick June 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Ok…jumped to conclusions…not a bee…so dazzled by beauty of flowers, I didn’t check out the “bee” very closely.

  3. Patty Chadwick June 10, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Oh, Mia! What a treat it is to see one of your amazing flower portraits! NOBODY does that better!!! I also love blue, so this is a triple treat! The bee in the first is a wonderful bonus….I seldom see bees anymore…scary! My sore soul needed this. Thank you….

  4. Liz Cormack June 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

    What a lovely wildflower.

  5. pennypinchadventure Tim Traver June 10, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Very pretty!

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