Since that time, our campground has been the home to many beautiful wildflowers. Between the poster I picked up at the Mountain View Ranger Station, the knowledge of my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kim and Jaren, and the copy of The Peterson Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers they loaned me, I’ve been able to identify several species. These are a few of my favorites.
I thought last year’s camp hosts had planted a bulb before they left, but again I am wrong – the Wild Iris is in fact native.
Jaren referred to this yellow flower in this photo as ADYC – another damn yellow composite. He likened it to the birdwatchers’ LGB – little grey bird.
Kim and Jaren also taught me how to tell the difference between a pine, a fir, and a spruce tree. Pine needles come off in pairs. Spruce needles are square-ish, while fir needles are flat. Great alliteration: Pine – Pairs, Spruce – Square, Fir – Flat. Who says you can’t teach an old camp host new tricks?