Colorado Wild Flowers

  At Christmas 2003, I received a gift from my wife which I greatly appreciate: a digital camera. This camera has opened a whole new world for one who has always enjoyed taking photos of "things". With the features that are built into this camera, I find that I am free to shoot as many photos as I choose, as often as I choose. A distinct advantage over film type cameras is the ability to instantly view the image taken and to save it or re-shoot for a better image. And I find that I'd just as soon view the images later on my laptop computer as opposed to printing a hard copy, saving that option for one or two special images.

  My particular camera is the Olympus Camedia, model 740, 3.2 megapixel. It has many features which are advantageous when shooting closeups or distant images: macro and super macro settings; 10X optical + 3X digital providing a total of 30X magnification; through the lens optical viewfinder; fully auto exposure or aperture/speed priority settings. I have found the 3.2 megapixel capacity of the camera to be more than adequate for my needs and ability.

  I have enjoyed the privilege of hiking and backpacking in beautiful Colorado for many years and now I find that what used to take me maybe 20 minutes to backpack a mile can now take up to an hour! Not just because of my advanced age but because of my devotion to taking photos, particularly if I happen to wander into a meadow or woodland that is filled with wildflowers, rock formations, or wild animals.

  I have decided to include in my website many photos of wildflowers that I have captured on memory card. Please excuse my amateurish attempt to identify the many beautiful flowers displayed here. It is my desire to get better at identifying as well as photographing these beautiful creations of our Almighty God.

  If you find that I have mis-identified any of the flowers, I will greatly appreciate your input as to the true and accurate identification. Also, if you would like a full size copy of any of these flowers, email your request .

 

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Most All of the Flowers Were Located in Colorado
*State Flower of Colorado

Aspen Sunflower

Aspen Sunflower
Near Kebler Pass

Bistort
Near Estes Park

Black Eyed Susan
Near Owl Creek Pass

Butterweed Groundsel
Near Billie Creek

Snow Buttercup
Near Owl Creek Pass

Tansy Astor
Near Estes Park

Chokecherry
Near Owl Creek Pass

Blue Colunbine*
Near Owl Creek Pass

Red Columbine
Near Telluride

White Columbine
Near Telluride

Yellow Columbine
Near Telluride

Cow Parsnip
Near Telluride

Showy or Aspen Daisy
Near Owl Creek Pass

Trailing or Whiplash Daisy
Near Owl Creek Pass

Elephant Head
Near Owl Creek Pass

Fireweed
Near Kebler Pass

Gailardia Blanket Flower
Near Woods Lake

White or Richardson Geranium
Near Owl Creek Pass

Wild Blue Flax
Near Estes Park

Wild Yellow Geranium
Near Woods Lake

Golden Smoke
Near Woods Lake

Green Gentian Monument Plant
Near Kebler Pass

Green Gentian Monument Plant
Near Kebler Pass

Golden Banner
Near Estes Park

Heartleaf Arnica
Near Kebler Pass

Hybrid Lambert Loco
Rocky Mountain NP

Subalpine Larkspur
 Near Kebler Pass

Monkshood
Near Owl Creek Pass

Silver Lupine
Taylor Park

Wild Blue Iris
Near Estes Park

Mountain Gumweed
 Near Owl Creek Pass

Mouse Ear Chickweed
Near Owl Creek Pass

Miner's Candle
Near Estes Park

Northern Bedstraw
Near Woods Lake

Northern or Sulphur Paintbrush
 Near Owl Creek Pass

Rosy Paintbrush
Near Owl Creek Pass

Butter and Eggs
Near Cripple Creek

Cutleaf Evening Primrose
Near Woodland Park

Lupine
Near Woodland Park

Mountain Harebell
Near Woodland Park

Nodding Onion
Near Woodland Park

Pearly Everlasting
Near Estes Park

Tall Penstemon
Near Woodland Park

Purple Fringe
Near Estes Park

Queen Crown and Elephant Head
Near Owl Creek Pass

Wild Rose
Near Woods Lake

Scarlet Gilia
Near Woodland Park

Scarlet Paintbrush
Near Woodland Park

Arrowleaf Senecio
Near Woodland Park

Red Columbine
Near Woodland Park

Sulphur Flower
Near Woodland Park

Western Wallflower
Near Estes Park

Fendler Groundsel
Near Woodland Park

Wild Chamomile
Near Woodland Park

Yarrow
Near Estes Park

Yellow Stonecrop
Near Taylor Park

Star Gentian
Near Taylor Park

Foxglove
Montrose

Fringed Gentian
Near Taylor Park

California Poppy
Desert near Mesa, AZ

Sego or Mariposa Lily
Ridgeway State Park

Glacier Lilly through the snow
Near Lake Irwin
Photo provided by Kerry Gesink

Glacier Lilly
Near Lake Irwin
Photo provided by Kerry Gesink

Orange Sneezeweed
Near Kebler Pass

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Ridgeway State Park

Skypilot
Ptarmigan Lake near Cottonwood Pass

Alpine Avens
Ptarmigan Lake near Cottonwood Pass

Moss Campion
Ptarmigan Lake near Cottonwood Pass

Parry Primrose
Ptarmigan Lake near Cottonwood Pass

Alpine Forget-Me-Not
Ptarmigan Lake near Cottonwood Pass

Columbia Virgin's Bower
Rocky Mountain NP