Laughing with the Wildflowers

Aster and Sunflower

They say the Earth laughs in flowers, and, with names like Orange Sneezeweed, Sulphur Buckwheat, Mountain Coyote, it’s no wonder why.  At Cedar Breaks National Monument, July is quite the jolly jubilee, indeed, as it erupts in plumes of wildflowers of every color.

Cedar Breaks Indian Paintbrush

Cedar Breaks is a hidden gem of a monument. Only one hour away from the scorching heat of the red rock desert, it sits over 10,000 ft. in elevation and gives visitors a brisk alpine breath of fresh air. This was the monument’s thirteenth annual Wildflower Festival, and photographing the event enlivened my heart and soul.

Purple Plant

 

Asters
Penstemon up close & personal

 

Lupin Leaf Water copy

The intense, regal color of scarlet paintbrush, to the perfect symmetry of the sunflower, made it easy to capture their beauty. I love the refreshing splatter of fresh rain on the lupine leaves, giving the flowers an ethereal twinkling effect.

Sunflower Symmetry
Sunflower Fractal Symmetry

 

Upclose Parsnip
Sparkly Southern Ligusticum

 

Parsnip

 

Aster Up close
Huddled on an Aster

 

Asters

 

Lupin Leaf Water
A lively lupine leaf

 

water Droplets

 

Lupin Field Vibrant
Happy Lupine Flowers

 

Indian Painbrush

 

Cedar Breaks

Just try not be joyful at the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival!

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