Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest's Flowers...

So here we were, at the top of the White Mountains at an elevation of 10,000 ft. As we hiked through the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, we were delighted by all the flowers that gifted us with their beauty, hues and fragility in this harsh, seemingly inhospitable environment.

There are six different species of Paintbrush in these mountains. Each were spectacular.

I am pointing at the two flowers pictured below. Many of the flowers I photographed were less than 1/2 inch in size. It was a rewarding hunt, however.

We had a 4 1/2 mile hike to accomplish before the sun went down. There were many other beautiful flowers whose images I didn't capture but these are some of my favorites. Their discoveries made the hike that much more enjoyable.

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Aquí Ahí Allá said...

Gorgeous! Love the flowers! When I was in Anza Borrego one of the volunteers were saying how people expect the wildflowers to be more abundant and they always say in response, "they are, you just have to look down!"

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