Wasatch Mountain Wildflowers

Images of this nature used to be the normal fare for my spring and summer weekend hiking when I lived in Salt Lake City a few years ago…they were common enough punctuation marks in the trip narratives…highlights of color in the mountain landscapes…

…and now they are very occasional and intentional shared treasures of uncommon forays back into that used-to-be.

I don’t know the names of all of them, but when I do, I will share them, as I will here, above, with Queen Anne’s Lace, or Cow Parsnip…

…and the predominant flowers in the above image being Horsemint…a name shared with me by a fellow hiker after a chance encounter and then a follow-on comment on a post in those years ago.

Western Coneflowers above, something that I have also seen in the higher desert meadows of the Coconino National Forest just south of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The above resembles a type of gentian I have seen before, but I’m not sure how it is properly named.

A perfect Monday morning horizon above….

A trial for the newer camera…not entirely crispy, but still very clearly capturing dew drops on petals and leaves.

A richness of color for the eyes and morning crispness for the skin…and the mountain aroma of wet grasses and fragrant flowers….

I’m not sure about these, but there were tons of them on a western-facing slope as the sun was just over the mountains on the eastern side of the meadow….

Closer above and below….

And this one might be my favorite of the entire day…dew drops on Bluebells and leaves…I can still feel being there, making this particular photo, with anticipation and hope at what I would see on the computer when I brought the image home.

Life is full in that mountain environment, a feast for the senses at every turn.

And as I’ve shared previously, the Colorado Columbine, below, is my favorite flower, ever.

These were a first for me, the little purple Dr. Seuss flowers below….

And a fitting end for the post, I believe: a carpet of wildflowers with a Wasatch Mountain backdrop….

All images were made on 8-12-2019 during my very first hike from Brighton up to and from Lake Catherine.


12 responses

  1. Beautiful post.

    When we moved to Colorado, two surprises awaited me, pleasant, both of them . . . the different species of hummingbirds and the explosions of diverse and numerous wildflowers during the mostly non-existent Spring and short Summer.

    I miss those sights; nothing like those in Hawaii and nothing resembling mountain flowers here in Illinois.

    November 5, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio…and you have a fox that naps on your patio chair in Illinois…. šŸ™‚

      November 11, 2019 at 11:35 am

    • Only for a few hours . . . but, OK, that’s neat too.

      November 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm

  2. Beautiful!

    November 5, 2019 at 2:21 pm

  3. Marvelous, Scott! I could almost reach out, touch and smell these delightful mountain blossoms. How lovely that you could revisit them. And a new camera? I was somewhere near your old neighborhood a week or two ago. It’s always a refreshing change from desert or ocean.

    November 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…the trip into the mountains from that morning is still quite vivid in my mind..maybe because I’ve looked that the photos so many times…but then there are the smells and sounds, too…the cool air and the light breeze in the upper branches…so I guess it’s more than just the image memories, too.

      And yes, a relatively new camera…we had a home burglary a bit over a year ago and the little point and shoot that I used for so many years was one of the things stolen…so I’ve upgraded a little bit and am still getting the feel for the new Lumix.

      I saw from your trip report that you were near my old neighborhood and felt only the slightest twinge of jealousy! šŸ™‚ And yes, I imagine it would make for a refreshing change from desert and ocean….

      November 11, 2019 at 11:42 am

  4. -N-

    Flowers and mountains – pure bliss!

    November 6, 2019 at 10:06 am

    • Yes, indeed, N…pure bliss!

      November 11, 2019 at 11:43 am

  5. These are a treat, Scott. for this non-desert-dwelling human, too. I enjoyed your narrative, as I always do. I like the rectangular format and the joy and delight that shines through.

    November 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm

  6. Liana

    horsemint! dewdrops!!

    January 29, 2020 at 12:13 pm

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