May thru late July has had one of the wettest thunderstorm summer periods over the last couple decades. However March and April were very dry that caused the thin snow pack to melt out early especially on sunnier slopes and start the clock ticking on many species. Generally species are less synchronized in their blooming periods. In any case noticeably less numbers of plants than in better years. For example less Lemon's and Pierson's paintbrush in timberline turf meadows. And in areas east of the crest and north of Bishop worse than the summer of 2014.
Was in Fish Creek July 4 thru 11 at areas mostly above 9.8k. Mid summer timberline wildflowers were at peak as hoped that were 3 to 4 weeks earlier than during summers after an average winter. That includes tall growths in usual lush seeps. Still a fair amount of red heather above 10k. Unfortunately I was not able to work as many flowers into my landscape images mainly because our trip was dominated by foul weather.
July 18 worked volcanic geology landscapes near Carson Pass at elevations between 8.5k and 9k. Later main succession summer species like corn lily, pennyroyal, and rockfringe were at or a week after peak while many other species likely peaked between the end of June and first week of July. In any case a surprisingly strong showing generally in what are usually the best wildflowers landscapes in the range. In particular found one area with the greatest expanse of rockfringe I've yet come across.http://www.davidsenesac.com/Summer_2015/OH07046-07068_4x1vsl.jpg
July 24 and 25 worked some east of crest areas of Mono County which after average winters would be the main peak however most species had long gone to seed probably early July just like I found at similar elevations down south at Fish Creek. Still fair numbers of plants in bloom like alpine goldenrod and swamp onion but generally even those plants were looking dry and near the end of their cycle.
All this is setting up one of the driest August summers in my lifetime with rapidly drying vegetation including large areas of grassy turf browning like one usually sees in September. Another aesthetic hit is the lack of snow adorning usually high northern exposures, looking much more like mid September. For this photographer unappealing enough that I may not make any more road trips till dwarf bilberry and arctic willow start turning color late in August.