Exploring nature...our way
The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see. _Albert Einstein
A compilation of flowers and insects, with pages of colorful photos, as well as information about the great importance of these two living things in our ecosystem.
Sometimes we get lucky finding a whole meadow of colorful wildflowers, with butterflies and bees buzzing and flying from bloom to bloom. Truly an amazing experience to be surrounded by this wonderful nature. Turn on the sound.
Wildflowers of Colorado
The best part of hiking in Colorado are the amazing displays of wildflowers from the foothills to the high alpine zone. From early spring to mid-summer there are varieties of species and colors, sometimes in small groups or by themselves, or hidden among bushes, under the shade of trees or nestled among rocks.
The best treat is finding a meadow full of colorful flowers, such as the picture above. What an amazing amount of flowers as far as the eye can see, so peaceful and beautiful, the only sound you can hear are the buzzing of the bees and the water flowing in the stream. Such an abundance of wildflowers does not always happen; it depends on how much precipitation our mother nature gave each year. You just have to be at the right place and at the right time; even in more dry times, it is possible to find some pretty spectacular stands of wildflowers.
Through the years we have collected hundreds of pictures of wildflowers from our hiking trips. We always bring our cameras, since you never know what you will find; it's worth carrying the extra weight when you find something rare (Hermann's camera equipment can be quite heavy when he brings along extra lenses to get just the right shot).
Summer Hiking in Colorado 2019
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Colorado High Mountain Landscapes
(For more wildflowers and information click the books above)
Wildflowers grow in different zones. Here in Colorado, there are five - Plains, Foothills, Montane, Subalpine and Alpine. Some of these wildflowers are native and some were introduced from other regions and other countries. Examples below. Click each photo for full view.
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Sticky Polemonium, also called Sky Pilot and Skunkweed is native to the United States.