Last weekend, I had the good fortune to be in Aspen, Colorado when many of the wildflowers high up in the mountains were blooming.  The plant life has such a short growing season (80 days versus our New England 210), that they put on a powerful, albeit brief display.

Courtesy of our daughter, Courtland, who is a summer naturalist at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, we had an educational hike along the “Lost Man” trail. We saw fireweed, blue gentian and a very cool flower, Elephantella, that really does have flowers shaped like an elephant face. Here are a few cool pictures.

Amazing views

Amazing views

Friendly marmot

Friendly marmot

Views

ViewsFireweedFireweed

Gentian

GentianElephantella

Elephantella
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