the winner is...

June 15, 2015  •  2 Comments

When rain falls on the mesa, magic happens.  Even the sagebrush comes alive, showing a brightness and depth of color that normally is hidden under the surface.  This year, because of unusually abundant spring rains, the wild phlox, goatsbeard, mat daisies, bladderpods, claret cup and prickly pear cacti, and blue flax have had a season of abundance. But the winner of the banner year is the paintbrush (genus Castilleja).  Across the breadth of the landscape are mounds of bright red glowing like campfires spontaneously erupting from the earth.  I have read that paintbrush have very specific soil and plant companion requirements to thrive.  You can frequently find them in rock shadows, creating a miniature garden, or under the gnarly but loving arms of sagebrush.

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This grouping seems to be quite content amidst the native grasses.

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detail of the "flames" 

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until next Monday,

DB

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Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Very nice pictures of Indian Paintbrush.
I know it can be challenging to get good composition and color.
As you might guess I have many pics of the Paintbrush. These are top rate.
I have loved them since traveling with my parents through Colorado in the 1950's.
And, orange is my favorite color.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
You were mighty inspired with this one Daryl. The photographs are marvelous and your writing may be your best yet. Such turns of phrase: "mounds of bright red glowing like campfires spontaneously erupting from the earth" and "under the gnarly but loving arms of sagebrush." Wow! We are not worthy.
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