Mt Goliath Wilderness Area Wildflower Hike

Denver Botanic Garden volunteers lead wildflower hikes on the M. Walter Pesman Trail at Mt Goliath and July 14 was a perfect day to visit. These are a few of the photos that capture the views, the wildflowers, the bristle-cone pines, and the early afternoon storm. It is not only a spectacular trail but so much more informative to have the history, ecosystems, plant names and other bits of knowledge from the guides to increase my appreciation. From the top of the trail in alpine tundra with spectacular views of the continental divide…

to the super busy pollinators…

to seeing the work of the wind with the twists and turns of the trunks, now sun-bleached and full of character harboring miniature gardens…

to the details of the living bristle cone pines…

to the bright red Indian Paintbrushes splashed against sun bleached scrags…

to the edge of the pending summer thunderstorm…

and as a finale: to the DBG maintained garden of native plants at the Dos Chappell Nature Center, where seeds have been re-cultivated to create a marvelous learning opportunity.

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