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Rocky Mountain springtime. Two days ago, it was 70° F / 21° C!

Suprise snowfall, mid-April, 2020

Ever since the aliens visited, gravity has been doing unusual things.

Interesting icicles

Because of social distancing, we've been taking our daily walks on our own property. When we moved here 20 years ago, we made a series of wood chip pathways the wander around the property so that we could enjoy our property and leave most of the wild plants and flowers undisturbed. Little did we know how valuable those pathways would become this year.

We walk about an hour a day, winding up and down and around a dozen circuits. Normally, when I look out over the property, I mostly see the Ponderosa pines and the wild grasses. But, of course, these walks give us a golden opportunity to really see what is happening as springtime progresses. One thing that has simply amazed me is the wondrous beauty and sheer quantity of small and tiny wildflowers blooming everywhere, nestled down amongst the wild grasses!

Here's a sampling. To fully appreciate the scene, in your mind's eye, multiply them each many times, in some cases like the Prairie Mouse-Ears and Sprawling Daisies, many-thousand fold.

A couple notes: The day after I posted these, there were several new types of flowers blooming, including the beautiful Blue Flax, and now it's raining, so I'm guessing there will be even more tomorrow. What a gift! Also, there was a fair bit of a breeze blowing when I took these. I did my best to take the photos as the flowers were waving gently to and fro past my lens, but please forgive that some are a little our of focus. I want to remember this spring, so I think they're worth posting anyway.

From the top: Prairie Mouse-Ear, Whiskbroom Parsley, Low Penstemon, Sprawling Daisy, and Woodsorrel.

Prairie Mouse-Ear
Whiskbroom Parsley
Low Penstemon
Sprawling Daisy

Prickly pear (Opuntia⩘ ) blooming on the first day of summer.

Prickly pear (Opuntia)

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