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Treading gently to avoid the obvious pun, I begin (and end) this shortish blog with shots from the Wet Mountain Valley, one of Colorado's many magical and less visited corners: that's the backbone of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the distance, that have only one paved pass (La Veta) that traverses them at their only "low" point at 9,426' (2,873 m). Most of the spine of the Sangres stays above 12,000' for a hundred miles and more--with only a few hideous four wheel drive roads approaching the divide (but not the Continental Divide--which swerves far to the West on to the La Garitas and San Juans.) Colorado is a very cool place.
|Cirsium scariosum ssp coloradoensis|
Soon we came across a whole meadow filled with the lovely lavender penstemon...
We drove further north, and took a short detour as we entered the Wet Mountain valley to where Mike Bone and Larry Vickerman had seen some yellow ladyslippers along an irrigation ditch in the scene depicted in the very first shot--those meadows dominated with Caraway (Carum carvi)...
|Maianthemum (Smilacina) stellatum|
And finally, the ladyslipper--which I showed earlier this year in a posting I did on ladyslippers in the wild: but I didn't show this picture at that time (you see, I always hold something back for the winter months! Clever old chap, don't you agree?)