Columbine Beauty Moment

Columbine (Aquilegia) growing by an aspen tree in southwest Colorado. The blue columbine, also referred to as the Rocky Mountain Columbine-White and Lavender species, is the state flower in Colorado, but the genus includes 60-70 species of high-altitude-loving perennials. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.

Mountain Harebell

Summer wildflowers abound in Colorado. Some of the flowers are the same as we see in southern Arizona, but ours burn out by the beginning of May, since we are so much hotter, while the ones in Colorado are at their best in summer and into the fall. This is a Campanula routundiforia (Mountain Harebell). It grows […]

Uncompahgre Wilderness – within the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

The Uncompahgre Wilderness in southwest Colorado is a 102,721 square mile U.S. Wilderness area in the north-central region of the San Juan Mountains about ten miles east of Ouray. Elevation ranges from 8,400 to 14,309 ft. There are two fourteeners (peaks with elevations exceeding 14,000 ft) and at least twenty-five thirteeners within this wilderness area and […]

Holiday Wishes

Whether you are with family and friends or spending the holidays by yourself, may you have a happy heart, love, laughter, good health and always, always, an appreciation for life. Make the most of every precious day you are given and treat others with that same respect for the preciousness of their moment in the […]

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke (Gerum triforum), sometimes referred to as Old Man’s Whiskers, is a perennial wildflower. It get’s it’s name because after the flowers fade and the seeds form, long smoke-like seed tails become visible. I found this one growing in the Rocky Mountains near Ward, Colorado. It is in its pre-flower stage. Image copyrighted. Use […]

Quack …

  Simply put, the Rocky Mountains are gorgeous. This is a photograph of Duck Lake off state road 381 (Guanella Pass Rd. south of Georgetown, CO)  just south of the summit of Guanella Pass. It is part of Pike National Forest. Already considered high country at approximately 11,000 feet, the surrounding peaks are as tall as […]

Little High-Country Jewels

  Yellow Stonecrop (Amerosedum lanceolatum) is a drought tolerant perennial which lives in the western half of North America at elevations from 5,000 ft. to 11,500 ft. As the name implies (sedum” from the latin “sedo” meaning “to sit,”), the plant likes to live (“sit”) on rocks or gravely well-drained ground. I came across these in northern […]

Lake Vallecito

Yesterday was the first day of fall and the end of lazy summer days at the lake, picnics in the mountains and barbeques in the back yard. Time to pack up the toys of summer and get back to business. Image registered with the U.S. Office of Copyright. Reproduction prohibited without licensing from Martha Lochert.