Colorado Wildflower Tour, Part 2...
As promised, the rest of our fabulous trip to Colorado, in photos. The second day was spent in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), which is incredible. The tundra at RMNP was impressive along with the herds of elk and the stout little flowers growing and stretching as far as oxygen would permit. We learned a bit about identifying flowers and set out to identify a few on our own. This was great fun with the exception of the altitude factored in. We were at 11,700 feet and a few of us got sick. I was just a bit dizzy and breathing a bit faster than usual, Julie was a lot dizzy and decided not to hike around so much as to just sit and take it all in (and go shopping at the visitor's center).
|Photos cannot do the mountains justice. The range is massive and one of the most awe inspiring things I have ever seen. It really makes you wonder where all of this glorious earth came from.|
|Some of the exquisite flowers we saw while hiking at 11,700 feet. Flowers I have never seen before. You just want to sit and take it all in, and maybe build a little rock tower here and there...|
|The color was a feast for my eyes. I instantly fell in love with this little section of Fort Collins!|
|I loved the container trial area. It gave you a great feel for how something would preform in a pot, and what to look for when picking out plants for your container garden.|
|They had several varieties of canna that they were trialing. I am in love with orange this year, so this one stole my heart!|
|Look at the coleus in the background. It is stunning!|