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

The Flowers of Goshawk Ridge

June 25th, 2012 · No Comments

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The Goshawk Ridge Trail always surprises me. It’s only 6 miles from my apartment in Boulder, but I never know what to expect.

When my best friend John visited me just before the summer solstice, we hiked the the four mile loop over Goshawk Ridge. This time was saw the wildflowers of late spring.

John and his wife Vicky came from California to visit me in Boulder and Vicky’s sister Marveen in Steamboat Springs. I had been visited Marveen and got back home just hours before John and Vicky arrived.

Here is some of the floral beauty we saw on our hike.

I Think This is a Miner's Candle

I Think This is a Miner's Candle

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A Common Butterfly on Common Yarrow

A Common Butterfly on Common Yarrow

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The Seedhead of a Really Common Dandelion

The Seedhead of a Really Common Dandelion

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A Pastel Study of a Paintbrush

A Pastel Study of a Paintbrush

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Flowers of a Prickly Pear Cactus

Flowers of a Prickly Pear Cactus

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The Last Stand of Blanketflowers and a Butterfly

The Last Stand of Blanketflowers and a Butterfly

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A Red Poppy

A Red Poppy

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John and I spotted this poppy and many others as we approached the top of Goshawk Ridge. They were far off the trail, but we went to them not knowing if we would be able to get good photos of them or not. My philosophy is that if you try, you will often fail. But if you don’t try, you will never succeed.

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