|The higher you go, the wetter it looks.|
But the dampness, temporary as it may be, eased my mind. For the first time, it felt as though summer was not the enemy.
M. and I wondered if any mushrooms were coming up at higher elevations. So we went into the misty mountains.
We tried "The Mushroom Mine," and saw only one or two inedible varieties. As I drove up the Forest Service road, I spotted an excellent bolete nearby. Oh no, said the cook, it's too close to the road! Mushrooms soak up pollution!
And that would be the only one we saw, even up at the area we call The Mushroom Store. But there were flowers.
|Yellow: some kind of Potentilla, I think. White: yarrow.|
|This flower I am not sure of. Anyone?|
|Columbines are the state flower, and you are required by law to photograph them.|
UPDATE: Al Schneider at Southwest Colorado Wildflowers suggests that the mystery yellow flower above is a species of Corydalis and that the Potentilla is specifically Potentilla gracilis variety pulcherrima. Thanks!