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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Fields of Flowers

May 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

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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.

Fields, Trees, Mountains, Sky Along Spring Brook Loop Trail Today

Fields, Trees, Mountains, Sky Along Spring Brook Loop Trail Today

Wild Iris

Wild Iris

A Popular Flower

A Popular Flower

Worth the Effort: I Had to Lie Flat in the Dirt to Capture This Little Flower

Worth the Effort: I Had to Lie Flat in the Dirt to Capture This Little Flower

A Baby Coralroot Orchid (<i>Corallorrhiza maculata</i>)

A Baby Coralroot Orchid (Corallorrhiza maculata)

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.

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  • 1 Stalking the Wild Orchid // May 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    [...] that I hiked recently. But only 12 days ago I hiked the Spring Brook Loop Trail, finding “Fields of Flowers,” including the rare and beautiful coralroot [...]

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