Some photos from the trip, featuring some of my favorite subjects:
|Old Ford Pickup|
Along the highway leading to Vallecito, this old rusted truck attempts to maintain some of its former glory via the bright yellow hood paint
|Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis)|
These native iris are starting to bloom all over in moist woodland areas
|Western Serviceberry (Almelanchier alnifolia)|
These attractive shrubs are found throughout the Vallecito area
|Shooting Star Columbine [aka Crimson or Red Columbine] (Aquilegia formosa)|
Found in shaded, moist areas, these lovely flowers are just starting to come into bloom
|Star Lily (Smilacina stellata)|
The small, delicate flowers on this plant are easy to miss along the side of the trail
|Canada Violet (Viola canadensis)|
Also found in moist areas of the forest, and often near Western Blue violets
|Four-Spotted Skimmer - rear view|
Another shot of this amazing insect to show the beautiful patterning and detail in his wings.
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