Looks like someone’s out adventuring with the new toy! I know we are going to be thrilled to see what you discover on your new territory excursions. This post on showing the altitude changes are amazing!
I do too. I enjoy seeing them bloom at the valley level and then seeing the same species months later several thousand feet higher up the mountains. Also the various species that choose to live at completely different elevations. that will come in several months though.
Even here it’s a somewhat rare experience to be there this time of year and I savor every second of it. There is of course risk involved, but I’d rather take my chances up there alone than the risks of highway travel where I have no control over the other traffic.
I could never leave these mountains again. There are so many secluded retreats available to those few who choose to make the effort to to find them. I enjoy experiencing the wild country where there is little influence from “civilization”.
I was out and about both Saturday and Sunday, and couldn’t believe the number of buttercups. I’m used to seeing them come back after mowing, too — out in the wild, they’re much taller. Do yours ever show color variation? I’ve seen a fair number with yellow and white petals. I’m not sure if it’s a genetic variation, or the result of external causes. Like yours, they surely are pretty. We don’t have any snow to go with ours, though. I’m glad yours is holding up so well.
One of the many things I like about this area is that it’s possible to see spring or summer in the valley and then fairly quickly go up several thousand feet and see winter or spring up there on the same day.