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bike path


Bike rides in Colorado entail switchbacks, shortness of breath and stark beauty. I took my camera in early June on one of our local trails to capture the spring blooms.ย Later in the summer, we will take our bikes to the “high country”, the time when seasonal wildflowers color the mountainsides with their fleeting splendor.

The short-lived green of a rainy spring belies the reality of our rocky, desert-like terrain. Our native plants are prickly and thorny and scrubby, selfish with their blooms and stingy with their beauty. We marvel at their pluckiness and perseverance, and rue the invasive noxious weeds that are overtaking them.



Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush


Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus


We grow our native weeds and their seed heads BIG here in The West!





Comments on: "Spring Bloomin’ Bike Ride" (30)

  1. Giant dandelion of DOOM! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for sharing these photographs. The land is very flat here in Portales, and I do find myself missing variations in elevation. Also, Colorado is so wonderfully GREEN without looking like the plants are going to reach out and eat someone. (I lived in Kentucky for most of my life, and I have a strong dislike for kudzu and other… overly assertive flora.)

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments. I have heard plenty about kudzu, but don’t think I’ve seen it (perhaps in my home state of Michigan). Our noxious weed here is bindweed – such deceptively pretty little flowers while it’s vines are strangling everything.

      Alas, our pretty green is already browning as rains have ceased and hot winds blow. Spring is short-lived green but I do love summer.

    • Haha, Thomas your giant dandelion of DOOM comment made me giggle.

  2. Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing. I really love your corner of the world ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thank you, Lainey, for your constant encouragement. I’m pretty happy in my little corner with God’s beautiful scenery.

  3. oooh lovely, i love these kind of taking me on a journey picture, esp in different countries and your words are always wonderful. I like growing weeds haha xx

  4. I love that first picture, I want to follow that path!

  5. cardamone5 said:

    Beautiful. I had to chuckle over your “Indian Paintbrush” picture because in the Adirondacks, we had a flower, a weed really, but so pretty, that we called an Indian Paintbrush”, which looked nothing like this except that it was orange. So funny how common names mean different things in different locales.

    Enjoy your bike rides, and, please, continue to share pics.


    • Thank you, Elizabeth. The pace of my bike rides slows considerably when I take my camera. I’m not even sure I can call them a work out!

      That is funny about the Indian Paintbrush. There were plenty of Native American tribes in the Adirondacks, but I think MY Indian Paintbrush is the real deal ๐Ÿ™‚ It actually grows in a different color, depending on the altitude, which I find truly wondrous!

  6. Me thinks I recognize the huge monstrous thistle that also grows here. It is beautiful when it blooms and if it didn’t “bite” me every time I got near it, I might leave it alone, but it needs to stay out of my way in the garden. Beautiful high country. And all that bright sunshine and blue sky. We don’t see a lot of that here, but when we do I try to soak all the colors in.

    • Hi Linda – I took a picture of the gorgeous purple thistle flowers on another “shrub” but it was too blurry to post. I came home with “prickly pokes” in my legs from tramping off the bike path for pictures and pulled several needles from my knee. These crotchetyy characters work in the wilds of open space but not your garden!

      All I need for heaven on earth is my sun and blue sky. I love the lush green of rainier, more humid climates, but I was born to live in Colorado in June!

  7. Beautiful country, that Colorado is! Being on the western slope is a very different picture, and sometimes I miss the Front Range – so pretty! Last weekend I got to tromp around Mesa Verde and the Durango area; I’ll be posting pictures of my trip soon! Looks like you’re having a good summer so far, Sammy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Marci! I was channeling you all weekend thinking about you enjoying Durango. I love Mesa a Verde but the word “sweltering” comes to mind when I think of my visits there. Ever since you told me you were headed to Durango, I realize it’s been years since we’ve been there or Telluride. I think Hub and I might head that way in August instead if the usual Copper-Vail area.

      Also this weekend I read Persepolis cover-to-cover and laughed, cried and shuddered. Marianne wrote such a simple, yet comprehensive, capsule of a centuries old, troubled culture. I loved the way she’s portrayed her parents, Uncle and Grandmother. It was a very touching, educational book. Then I looked at her interviews again.

      So glad you and I connected ๐Ÿ™‚ hugs.

    • PS can’t wait for trip photos and may-y-y-be a story or two from your family reunion?!?

      • Yes!!! I’ll be doing a couple of posts on the reunion after I sort through all the pictures. It’s weird – I feel like I didn’t really get too much of an opportunity to talk with my family much – it was such a short trip and there were so many people there that almost everything was just the most superficial hello. It was good seeing everyone though and Chris and I did have a good time ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’m so glad that you liked Persepolis! I need to read a couple of Satrapi’s books still – I just love the way she portrayed her family. What characters! Hugs to you ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Just lovely, Sammy.

  9. Wow, that’s one monster weed! Your beautiful photos make me want to go bike riding. I’ve got to get my bike out. Soon!

  10. Beautiful trail and photos! I went hiking last week in the mountains but we didn’t see too many flowers. It was a perfect day, though, not too hot, and I am grateful for the daily thunderstorms even though they grieve me when I am working!

  11. Hello after a long long time away! Catching up on all my blogging after a month away and what a great way to start ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful photos! I love the name Indian Paintbrush, it would be even cooler if Native Indians had used them as paintbrushes way back way (but I doubt that would have worked)

    That weed is just enormous! But it actually looks pretty cool. More photos on your next bike ride please!

    • Ooooh I’m SO GLAD you’re back; I have missed you but hope you were doing something fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not in as good a shape for riding this summer, so I use my camera as an excuse to stop and catch my breath ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I too enjoy biking and photography.
    Your photos are wonderful!

    • Thank you, Shelley, for stopping by! I am excited to read some of your previous posts about trips, and see Africa through your eyes! I plan to do some posting this winter about the trips we have taken.

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