mountainside flower garden

On top of the world, so to speak, is where I found this natural garden…that is the crest or ridge-line along the top of a chain of mountains…and the flowers grow in profusion on the east-facing down-slope.  If you’d like to know where this is, exactly, go back to the map that I posted recently, find the yellow and pink pins toward the top of the map, follow the arcing white ridge down and to the left of the yellow pin until you come to the next pink pin….these flowers are literally right above that pink pin on the white ridge…or just down the other side, precisely.

Mountainside flower garden

34 responses

  1. A very beautiful, and serene shot Scott! Something special here! ~ much love, RL

    July 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Miss Robyn. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

  2. Serenely beautiful, Scott.

    July 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

    • Very much so, Dave.

      July 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

  3. These plants seem to survive on zero soil Scott, amazing. Beautiful shot. 🙂

    July 10, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • And they do seem to thrive up there, Adrian…making up for the many months they’re going to be sleeping under the snow…. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  4. There is nothing like unexpectedly coming across flowers growing in the wild – as if being offered a colorful bouquet of smiles. Love the photo Scott! …kai

    July 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

    • A bouquet of smiles…I like that, Kai….. Thank you. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      • Most welcome, your photos remind me of many hikes – there is something very alive in them! peace….

        July 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

        • And to you, too, Kai.

          July 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  5. Yes, those are the best gardens…

    July 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

    • I agree, Shimon…the best.

      July 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  6. Beautiful-and interesting. I wonder why they grow on the eastern side of the mountain. Does more rain fall on that side? Or maybe it’s cooler on the east side where they wouldn’t get afternoon sun.

    July 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

    • There are tons of other flowers on the other side, Allen…all the way down to the lake in the valley below. At this particular spot, however, there are very few on the other slope…not sure why…maybe the afternoon sun is too hot for these species….

      July 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  7. Beautiful.

    July 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    • A very pleasant find, Meanderer…..

      July 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  8. I assume the pin is just off-camera?

    July 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    • Well, yeah…it would occupy too much of the frame…..

      July 19, 2013 at 6:58 am

  9. Such treasures you bring back from your meanders on these lovely mountain tops. It’s like receiving the most wonderful bouquet of flowers in the world.

    July 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them, Gunta. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  10. An amazing find! Wish my garden looked as beautiful as this!

    July 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    • A very nice surprise. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

  11. Beautiful, Scott! It’s amazing at the variety of flowers that grow in settings like that!

    July 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    • Yes, it is, Terry…much better than walking through the garden section at Home Depot….. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  12. I love it when Mother Nature puts on an unexpected show for us.

    July 11, 2013 at 3:09 am

    • I’m right there with you, Laura. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  13. I love the way they spring right from those inhospitable looking rocks – amazing.

    July 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    • Part of the beauty and wonder of it all.

      July 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  14. What a wonderful secret garden! 🙂 So remote and unexpected. I know you were delighted!

    July 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    • Yes, I was, George. 🙂

      July 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  15. That’s the loveliest rock garden I’ve seen. It’s remarkable how the plants appear to cling on to smooth rock and still look so verdant and healthy.

    July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    • It is a beautiful little spot on top of the world, Finn…. Someone once said that life finds a way, right? Here’s another wonderful example…. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      July 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

  16. You’re an excellent photographer! Thanks for sharing the beauty that you find in nature. It soothes the soul, doesn’t it?

    August 4, 2013 at 7:42 am

    • You’re too kind, Manelli…but thank you! You’re most welcome for sharing what I find out there in nature…and yes, it is incredibly soothing.

      August 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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