Twenty days later, here is an update to "Alpine Hike #2":
Amazingly, despite approaching mid-August, it is still very early up there...
1) End of the defined (though unmaintained, unsigned) trail, and start of the first "hump"...
2, 3) In the rocks just below tree-line, Penstemon ellipticus,
4) Aquilegia flavescens, and
5) Saxifraga bronchialis
7) Among the wildlife, golden-mantled ground squirrel... (We did see a grizzly feeding by the roadside, as we were approaching the trailhead, but saw nothing bigger than marmots (several) while out there.)
8 ) More terrain to ascend
9, 10) First tarn, much depleted since our first visit on July 22