May 13, 2014 • 5 Comments
April is one of my favorite times to explore the National Parks and surrounding areas of Utah. Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase Escalante, Monument Valley, Goosenecks, Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point were all included in my itinerary as were some lesser known spots. This trip however was different. The conditions over the past month or so must have been perfect for the wildflower display this spring. There were so many more spectacular, colorful displays this year than any other in the past.
I found myself pulling over to the side of the road quite frequently and stopping along the trails to stop and smell the flowers".
The following images are from this recent trip. I have attempted to name them with what information I could find, hopefully I did a good job.
This Indian Paintbrush was on the trail to Strike Valley Overlook in Capitol Reef National Park.
Indian PaintbrushStrike Valley Trail Indian Paintbrush
On the Hickman Bridge trail I found this Scorpionweed and Common Globemallow.
Scorpianweed & GlobemallowHickman Bridge Trail Scorpianweed
At the bottom of the Burr Trail Switchbacks there were several. This Utah Penstemon was very colorful in the midday sun. Utah PenstemonBurr Trail Switchback Utah Penstemon
Stinking MilkvetchBurr Trail Stinking Milkvetch
And on the way from Capitol Reef to Monument Valley I came across these Claretcup Cactus.
Claretcup Cactus Claretcup Cactus
Hurtleaf Woodyaster Hurtleaf Woodyaster
These are several examples of the numerous wildflowers that I came across. It was truly amazing seeing so many during my travels this time around. Hopefully you get an idea of the bright and wonderful colors each one displayed. I wonder just how many I missed if I was able to find this many.
Keywords: Cactus, Claretcup, Common Globemallow, Evening Primrose, Golden Pea, Hurtleaf Woodyaster, Indian Paintbrush, Prince's Plume, Scorpionweed, Stinking Milkvetch, Utah, Utah Penstemon, Vernal Daisy, Wildflowers
Beautiful pictures John. Thanks for including me in your blog.
While four wheeling, I also like to stop and view the flowers :) Are you going to be in Moab Mem weekend?
John, you're obviously having way too much fun!
Very nice guy.
What a beautiful display the creator has reserved for the springtime, nice pic's
Beautifully photographed and post-processed, John. What joy these beauties must bring to see them personally. They bring joy on a computer monitor for sure.
Have sprained my right knee badly so am out of commission for awhile and the weather has just turned so nicely here.
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