17 Oct 12. Not all of the mountain was enveloped in smoke, and was very apparent as we made our way down the road to pay a visit to Tipsoo Lake. This small lake is surrounded by a series of steep hills, mountains to those of you on the eastern shore, and a shoreline lined with wild flowers of several species. Among my favorite is the Pasque Flower, a plant whose flower and seedpod are seemingly not related to each other. The flower is smallish in size, about the size of a half or silver dollar, generally a beautiful yellow in color, but can be white or purple, and lies close to the ground, but the seed head sits atop a stalk upwards of 18 inches in height and looks a lot like an old man with a long bushy beard. I really like to photograph it with back lighting, and an entire field of them back lit looks not unlike a city viewed from above at night, with all the lights on. This back lit image is of a small grouping of them taken at ground level. I thought this group to be particularly appealing and I apparently was not alone in my feeling. D300s; Aperture Priority; 18 - 200; ISO 400; 1/320 sec @ f / 9.