Blooming Wildflowers at Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park
Credit: Linda Gast
May 24, 2017 - Interested in the wildflowers of Yosemite National Park? Now is the time to get the Yosemite Wildflower App.
With this past's year's extraordinary rainfall, wildflowers in the lower elevations of Yosemite are going wild. As summer progresses, you can follow the bloom up into the high country.
The Yosemite Wildflower app contains over 580 plants. Once downloaded, the app does not require an internet connection, but with a connection you can share your favorites with others through Mail, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, etc.
The app works well for both wildflower novices and those who have more botanical experience.
One wildflower enthusiast reports: "Best wildflower app! I have six other wildflower apps, so I've seen a lot of the good and the bad, and this Yosemite wildflower app just blows the rest of them away completely."
Users can browse the species list by common or scientific name to locate a plant and access photos and related information. However, most users will rely on the easy-to-use search key to identify plants of interest. You can choose characteristics from various categories, such as petal color, number of petals, leaf shape, plant size, and blooming month. You'll notice that the number of plants "Found" will get smaller and smaller with each choice. At any point you can select "Show" and you'll see the photos and names of plants that match your choices. Each plant entry in the app gives you access to photos, descriptions, and interesting information about the plant.
The Yosemite Wildflower App, which works both on iPhones and iPads, as well as Androids, is available for $7.99 at Apple and Google app stores.
For more information go to www.wildflowersofyosemite.com
Source: Barry and Judy Breckling