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We have been away for two weeks on a road trip to California. There are many, many photos from that trip to edit and I have yet to get started. Lots of images of dogs playing in the surf. Prepare yourself. But for the moment I thought I’d share a few flower photos.

When we left, most of the ground on our hillside was covered with snow. Now it’s all gone. The ash-covered dirt is ready for spring and in some places it is already covered with a fresh blush of new green grasses. And if I look closely I can find tiny wildflowers. Some of them seem to be flourishing after last year’s fire. It’s a relief to see color on our landscape again.

Spring happened while we were gone. The hills are green and tiny wildflowers are in full bloom. Some of the bigger flowers have started blooming too. Luna and I try get out at least once everyday for a walk although some days, like today, it’s not as pleasant and certainly with the high winds it’s not a good day for photographs. Here are a few from the last week or so.

Yellow bells

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Contemplative Luna

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Delicate prairie stars

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Bluebells

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Jawbone, buried in the dry grass

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This is a new flower for me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.

Dave Sabold says Arabis holboellii – but NOT the flowers! The flowers come later on a stalk, and they’re white in color, not yellow. A fungus produces the yellow color, and the fungus even puts out  a sweet smell. Maybe the fungus attracts insects to distribute the spores?”

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Any guesses on what it is?

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Shooting stars are always a delight

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Still quite a long time til the bitterroot blooms

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Early balsamroot

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A vernal pond. I wonder how long it will last?

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There is a bumper crop of spring beauty this year

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More bluebells

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A good day for a swim at Aspen Lake

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And then, a good shake

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