I love to hike wherever I go, but I knew when we decided to hike above Boulder right after we arrived that I wasn’t going to be up to carrying my heavy birding equipment, not at that altitude and not at that temperature. So I carried my trusty Canon SX 60 HS, which I bought precisely for such hikes.
We saw a few birds but the 60HS is nearly impossible to focus on moving birds, so I didn’t manage to get any bird photos. Luckily, there were more than enough flowers to keep me busy. I’m definitely not as good at identifying flowers as I am at identifying birds, but a flower without a name seems just as beautiful as a flower with a name.
I’m always surprised by the wide variety of flowers I see in the Colorado Rockies. yellow flowers seemed to hold sway on this visit.
I’d never seen flowers quite like this, but they seemed to thrive in these hills.
They were quite different from this flower that looked like it would grow quite successfully in the Pacific Northwest.
I suspect I have seen these purple flowers in the Cascades,
but I’ve only seen flowers like these in the Mojave Desert.