Peek-a-boo

Today is “Flower Friday” and it’s always difficult to come up with a more interesting post than, “isn’t this flower gorgeous?” Well, I think this particular flower–an Iris–is stunning. The center petals with delicate veins almost look like it’s playing peek-a-boo with you. I’m also intrigued by the shades of violet. Every Iris is unique in…

Teton Flora

The rugged Teton Range is so iconic that visitors often miss or are surprised by the diverse beauty of this place. The peaks are the star attraction and as such everything else seems at times to pale in comparison. However, the wildlife here, like in the neighboring Yellowstone National Park, is full of diverse creatures both…

Jaio Dark Red

Guest blogger… my beautiful wife. The amount of time my husband spends taking flower photos is…extensive, but always worth the extra time as you can see from this photo of the Vinca, or “Jaio Dark Red.” Aperture, exposure, ISO and all the other things I don’t understand are perfectly adjusted on his camera while he crouches and…

Spider Lily

I found this Spider Lily lit up in the late afternoon light of the Royal Garden in Siem Reap, Cambodia. My wife and I had spent the day exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat and returned to our hotel. As our taxi driver dropped us off I noticed the beautiful garden located across the street…

A Garden Cluster

I found this small cluster of beautiful purplish flowers along a trail in the Garden of the Gods park last July. In my haste, I almost passed it by and in truth I had. I missed it when I passed it the first time while hiking up to the rock formation known as the Siamese…

Peony

Happy Chinese New Year! This breathtaking burst of color is a Peony flower. It’s considered by many of China’s citizens to be their national flower. At best, it’s an unofficial title as the People’s Republic of China has no official national flower. I found this nearly perfect bloom while exploring one of the islands near Hong Kong.

Star Gentian

This gorgeous Star Gentian flower is often overlooked next to other more vibrant flowers in the alpine areas around Colorado. I found this picturesque example of the small violet flower on the Beaver Creek Trail as my wife and I were hiking up to the Turquoise Lakes.