The wildflowers in the foothills came out in force while I was away for a week in Houston. Like they say of a watched pot never seeming to boil, watched wildflowers don’t seem to bloom. My leaving Boulder brought the flowers forth!
While I was in Houston to report on the convention of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists I saw no mountains. The only things rising above that level city were dozens of skyscrapers. Not so nice.
Returning yesterday evening, I normally would have been playing catch up this morning. But it was too beautiful a day in Boulder to miss. Under clear skies and no wind, the temperature rose to 86 degrees.
I chose one of my new favorites to hike. The Spring Brook Loop Trail is 5.5 miles of nature. No cars, few people. A profusion of wildflowers in bloom. And the trailhead is just 5 miles from my apartment.
The orchid above made me happiest today. I found three of them growing together in the pine forest, the first that I’ve seen in almost a year since I hiked the Jenny Creek Trail. This orchid is as beautiful as it is rare.