Flowers

Early summer flowers in Kananaskis Country

On a walk in the hills above Sibbald Flats a couple of weeks ago, we had a great time following a stream into the forest.  Flowers clung to the rocks in odd spots along the water’s run.  I broke up the hike with a few shots of them along the way.

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Form and light


A flower from Yunnan

Na Xi Flower - © Christopher Martin-7218

When I was in Shangri-La last September it was still early in their autumn season so wild flowers were still in bloom throughout the countryside.  I don’t know the name of this flower I found while traveling the countryside in the Na Xi region of Yunnan Province but it was strikingly beautiful to my eye.

2/19 update: Thank you Vicki and Jo Ann for identifying this flower as a Red Dahlia!


Wild Rose Country

Wild rose morning in Bragg Creek - © Christopher Martin-6182

This wild rose (Rosa acicularis), Alberta’s provincial flower, was glowing among the trees a couple of mornings ago when I was out early in Bragg Creek.  The sun had just cleared a hilltop across the fields so the light was still soft and warm.  Early mornings in the summer are a source of great inspiration from and communion with nature for me.