Columbine, Colorado State Flower

Columbine by Tobman

This year the Columbines (Aquilegia caerulea) have been thick in the woods, coming up in places they’ve never been seen before, fields of them. They must have loved the long cold winter and the late thaw.

Location:
Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area, Colorado

Related Links:
Colorado Wilderness
Colorado Native Plant Society

 

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3 responses

  1. That’s a beautiful flower. I don’t think I have seen anything like it before. How big is the blossom?

    August 5, 2011 at 08:49

  2. Typically they stand 2-3 feet off the ground and the flower is around 3-4 inches in diameter. They are breathtakingly beautiful, hence their stature as the Colorado State Flower. Our forests and meadows around here are filled with 100s of different species of wildflowers, if not 1000s now, this oh so green and lush summer we’re having.

    August 5, 2011 at 10:16

  3. I’ve only begun to discover the wilderness around here. I see more with a camera in my hands. So when I got one, I began to take pictures of flowers and emailed them to a friend who is a biologist by profession, because I had no idea what I was looking at. I am rather proud of the flower and butterfly identification skills I picked up over the past few months.

    Our summers are always lush and green, because of all the rain and moisture. I’m working on my bad weather photography skills …

    August 5, 2011 at 11:20

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