Getting up into the mountains in the summertime is a treat, and Colorado wildflowers make it extra special.
Today, I’m venturing outside the garden gate; a complete change of habitats, from the gentle hills of Northeast Ohio to the alpine meadows of the West.
The views are amazing, and a reward for the climb.
I find the flora equally amazing. Sure, some of the species are the same. Yet, the clear air and cool nights make the colors so vivid. (Or, maybe it’s the thin atmosphere and legalization of cannibus? Ha!)
Columbine is Colorado’s state flower. This beauty was enjoying the shade next to a very bumpy road on the way to the tiny town of Crystal.
Flax is a common wildflower, but here it shines radiantly in the sunlight.
Wild rose is another commoner, here popping through boulders along a steep path up Mount Daly.
I thought that this wild columbine was exclusive to the Rockies (where this photo was taken), but I stumbled upon a photo of it in an Ohio wildflowers field guide. Sorry to say, I’ve never seen it in Ohio.
False Solomon’s Seal
False Solomon’s seal fills the ground around stands of Aspen trees. It’s the foliage which is eye-catching.
Yellow salsify has European origins, and is common in the western U.S. Its roots are edible, but I didn’t test this fact.
For more amazing photos of flora from around the world, visit the originator of “Six on Saturday,” aka, The Propagator.
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