I took advantage of a gorgeous Mother’s Day to join my sister and brother-in-law on a trek into the Sapphire Mountains. Of course, photo ops abounded. The Bitterroot Valley looked especially lovely, green and serene under the blue sky.
Wildflowers were out in force, lending splashes of color between the towering evergreens. At first glance I thought these yellow blossoms were sunflowers, but they are actually called bitterroots. The purple ones are lupines.
At one point we stood on a bank overlooking a rushing stream. A peaceful scene, but the skeletons of two hapless deer (in the lower left) reminded us that nature has a cruel side.
Lupines and bitterroots shine beneath a brooding evergreen canopy.
A velvety moss carpet lines the stream.
Sunlight sifting through the foliage gives this glen a celestial glow.
Lupines and bitterroots form a beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet.
Bitterroots against a woodsy background.
A proud tree no longer, this stump nevertheless possesses its own beauty.
A quiet meadow brook.
A backward look at the beautiful Sapphire Mountains.
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