Colorado Plateau Wildflowers

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  1. MonikaC

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    Jim, if you think this should go under wildflower reports, feel free to move it.

    Hearing that there were a lot of sego lilies around Grand Junction, I took a quick trip a week & a half later. I knew that I might be too late, but it was the earliest I could escape. I also didn't know where around Junction they might be, but after a little (very little) research, I settled on this place. The sego lilies I usually see are white with maybe a faint blush of pink.
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    There were also Showy 4 O'Clocks all over the place

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    As well as Golden Prince's Plumes
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    Yuccas were plentiful and in bloom

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    And a nice view of the Colorado River at the half-way point.
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    Somehow, I missed the chest-high cairn marking the junction of trails & turned a 6.1 mile hike into 9 or 10 miles, which wouldn't have been so bad if my water reservoir wasn't leaking into the compartment with my camera which led me to pour most of my water out (after offering it to my dog who took a few laps & ignored the rest) when I thought I had 2 miles left to go. My camera was barely damp, so I wasn't worried about it, though I did wrap it in my packs rain fly just in case.
     
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    All nice, but that second is outstanding, love it.
     
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    Thanks, Ben!
     
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    Sounds like an "interesting" hike but you did get some really nice shots out of it. I like how you have handled the light in shots #2 and #3. Definitely not a view of the Colorado I have ever seen before.
     
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    The Colorado is running super high now. One of the tributaries that I like to walk up on a break from I-70 is higher than I've ever seen it.
     
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    Very cool Monika! You have some really awesome photos here. #1 and 3 are my favorites.

    So is this from the Colorado National Monument?
     
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    Rabbit Valley. Close.
     
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    Very nice Monica; I'll pick #2 as my favorite, it just pulls me right in.

    Funny, with water, as soon as you're out -- the thirst doubles.

    Bart
     
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    Like the song, "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone....."
     
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    The composition of that Four-o-clock image is great, Monika.
     
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    Thanks, Doug!
     
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    That 2nd one is beautiful!
     
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    These a very nice
     
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    NIce shots Monika.. another vote for #2 and neat to see the different flowers out your way in their natural setting. Regards,
    Dean
     
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