I was delighted that on every hike we went on, I discovered new flowers I'd not seen before. It made the hikes that much more special.
Here is a random assortment of some of my favorite images taken in various locations in our area.
CT - Colorado Trail
Scarlet Gila or Fairy Trumpet
These eye-catching flowers are found throughout open forests and dry slopes in the region.
Location: Dry Fork Cr. trail. Early August.
Grass of Parnassus
Found near streams and moist areas, this flower is not too commonly seen. Location: CT, near Little Molas lake. Early August.
Colorado Blue Columbine
It's not hard to see why this lovely flower is the state flower of CO. Location: Engineer trail, late July. Also seen in late Aug. along the Cross Mtn. trail, at timberline.
Location: CT, Molas Lake. Mid-August.
These flowers are seen at higher elevations (~10,000), and usually in open meadows. We also saw them on the Cross Mtn. trail @ timberline and along the Ice Lake trail below timberline.
Rosy Paintbrush - two variants
Location: Cross Mtn. trail, above timberline. Late August.
Rosy Paintbrush is commonly found above timberline, and due to hybridization, the plants are quite variable in appearance and color of the bracts. We saw these on almost all hikes when we were above timberline (~11,000).
CT, near Little Molas Lake. Early August.
These delightful flowers are found near streams and other moist areas. This was along the same small stream as the Grass of Parnassus, pictured above.
Location: Ice Lake Trail, 12,000'. Late August.
This is one of the last flowers to bloom on the alpine tundra, and is quite lovely. It was surrounded by colorful groups of Rosy Paintbrush and some type of Aster that I couldn't identify.