Pasqueflowers in Gregory Canyon

Colorado can be a challenge for those of us who crave the return of  wildflowers.  March is a snowy month and it is also a challenge for our early spring wildflowers. One of the most beautiful and boldest is the Pasqueflower. While many of the early spring flowers stay small and low to the ground to deal with late spring snow storms, the Pasqueflower struts it’s stuff 5″-6″ inches from the ground thanks to the fur coat it uses for protection from the elements.

I hiked to where these bold beauties hideout on the Gregory Canyon Trail today and look what I found at  39°59’51.81″N 105°18’6.81″W…

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Tomorrow we expect a big snowstorm so these Pasqueflowers will get to test their survival techniques. For more information about these and other Colorado flowers checkout Al Schneider’s comprehensive Southwest Colorado Wildflowers website.  I’ll keep checking the trails for signs of spring even if I need snowshoes to do it!

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