While we were in the San Juan mountains of Colorado, I was so pleasantly surprised by the number of flowers still blooming.
Each day, I'd do a mountain bike ride from our campsite, often to another nearby mountain pass. Look at the golden flowers in the still green grass at an elevation of over 12,000'! This was near the end of the long and steep climb to get to the pass.
I arrived at the top ready for a rest and with time to enjoy the views in all directions.
My favorite view was back toward our campsite. I love the rock face that looks a bit like a layered cake!
I relaxed for a bit taking in the views before I started downhill. It was too windy at the top to stay there for long without getting cold.
My downhill ride took a long time as I stopped to enjoy flowers. I saw a COLUMBINE and one bud so they weren't done blooming yet.
A wider view of the Columbines along with the other gorgeous wildflowers around them...
A crimson Indian Paintbrush reaching for the sky...
A daisy-like flower... I love the simple elegance of this flower. And I thought of a blogger friend of mine who particularly loves these when I took this photograph.
Then, I glimpsed an amazing purple and crimson combination.
Finally, the sky started looking heavy and worrisome in the direction of camp so I started riding fast to beat the rain.
Another day in paradise... with incredible flowers!