Friday, June 29, 2007

Friday's Flowers

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Colorado Blue Columbine

The blue columbine is Colorado's state flower.

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I was thrilled to find these growing at Crystal Reservoir. It's the first time I have ever seen this flower in person.

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According to my field guide, the name "Columbine" comes from the Latin word colum, for "dove," referring to the flower petals resembling a group of birds in flight. This flower is an important nectar source for several hummingbird species in the state.

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It's also a plant that's a protected species, so do not pick the flowers or transplant it from its wild habitat. Take a picture (or several) instead.

10 comments:

  1. Those are just beautiful! I really enjoy Columbines, and they naturalize well too.

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  2. Columbines are such delicate beauties....I have always loved them. These are very pretty!

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  3. I never see blue columbine flowers in our mountains...they must have them all in CO.

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  4. What a beauty, great shots of a very immpresive flower!

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  5. What beautiful pictures.....

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  6. Fantastic pictures of such a beautiful flower.
    Kathleen

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  7. SockPixie5:57 PM

    Your pictures are incredible. Seeing this gorgeous flower, make me feel the life is full of beauty, and promises.

    Caroline, the SockPixie

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  8. its so beautiful up there!
    your gonna come home right? ;)

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  9. I've been enjoying ALL your Colorado photos so much! Thanks for sharing, have continued safe travels!!!

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  10. Thanks for sharing...those are almost as beautiful as the Texas Bluebonnet! :)

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~Tracy