Wonderful Wildflowers

The snow capped mountains seem to the most photographic glory.   And lake photos grab people’s attention.

And combine the two motifs?

The photo will be counted as an exquisite photo.

Something suited to be hung up on the wall.

A favorite photo of mine for #worldphotographyday In the Winds in #wyoming while #backpacking

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    OK, this photo is, in fact, hung up on my wall!

But there is something I love about the wilderness areas as much as endless ridge walks and vast tundra plateaus.

That something? Wildflowers.

The brilliant colors as they dot the mountain side.

In the Wind River Range

Or as they burst forth in spring.

Pasque Flower
Sand Lily

I grew up in New England. Where everything is green and lush and often full of color.  I did not appreciate the color flowers bring to the world until I moved out West.

Paintbrush

The browns, grays, and small bits of green need the wildflowers.

Columbine

And being up close to them? They are complex and intriguing. Showing a topography in miniature as dramatic as any mountain side.

Avalanche Lily

And the discovery of a rare flower brings a feeling of joy comparable to finding that off-trail lake that was previously only known on a map.

I have not seen a wild wood lily since 2008. Cool! #wilflowers #colorado #hiking #backpacking

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And if the wildflowers bring color to the mountains, they bring life to desert or desert-like areas such as the High Plains.

#wildflower and butterflies from this lush spring in #colorado while #hiking

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The deep canyons, mountain ridges, and  expansive spaces are what often leads me to the outdoors.

But the wildflowers draws me to the outdoors in the Spring and Summer when they are at their peak.  And they are often what I remember the most from an outdoor jaunt.

Need help identifying flowers in the field? My favorite book for Colorado wildflowers is the Rocky Mountain Wildflower Pocket Guide.  If you prefer an app, the Rockies Alpine Flower Finder for both Android and iOS works well.

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2 Replies to “Wonderful Wildflowers”

  1. One of my favorite things is to go to a certain canyon a few times in a season, and week to week see the different flowers that come and go all season long. Its really incredible and unlike wildlife you can really take your time snapping a photo! What camera are you using these days?

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