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Friday, July 21, 2017

Alpine Flower Friday

Although our trip to the alpine zone was shorter than expected, we did get to see some spectacular flowers that flourish above treeline.

Shyla leaped over a patch of yellow flowers when we were just below 13,000'. 

I spotted a cluster of Sky Pilots amidst a boulder cluster. Sky Pilots are glorious purple flowers that I love to see.

They have a stinky way of keeping ants away - they smell like skunks!

I had lots of fun with the densest cluster of these flowers that I've ever seen, photographing them from every angle.

Of course, Shyla wanted me to get moving again. As you can see behind her, the snow wasn't completely melted yet. However, the exposed ground seemed quite dry despite the recent snow melt.
Believe me, that dryness was about to be remedied. Within a few days, the rains were upon us. The flowers loved it!


  1. The sky pilots are so beautiful and an instant bouquet - not that you would want to pick one if it smells like a skunk!

  2. Those flowers a just so pretty! Howdy Shyla!

  3. The Sky Pilots are gorgeous! They smell like skunks? How odd!

  4. Mother nature puts on a good show, eh?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. Love the Sky Pilots!! But stinky???? dang!!
    Hazel & Mabel

  6. I would certainly buy any book you published with your wonderful pictures

  7. Oh, those are FABulous! Butts, ewwwwww! Skunky??! So beautiful and yet so stinky...kinda like me! BOL!!!!
    Ruby ♥

  8. How can such lovely flowers smell like a skunk?!? I have never seen those before but I love them. ☺

  9. Lucky you. Only a couple of 16-drop showers in the city this week. *Sigh*

  10. Such pretty flowers you can find in the wild.

  11. I like the stinky part. How is Shyla doing?

  12. How odd to have stinky flowers, but they are pretty.


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