travelin' the globe

Wildflower season is lengthy in Utah thanks to the constantly changing elevation. Flowers at a lower elevation bloom earlier, of course, than flowers high up in canyons. Blooms were varied at in the foothills around Salt Lake City in mid-May, but there was still plenty of snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon, especially up by the ski resorts, so there was nothing in bloom yet. Flowers are starting to bloom there now, but it is still not peak season. This past weekend, though, I did find an area that had quite a wildflower show: the Observation Point trail at Zion National Park that finishes at 6,850 feet of elevation and has been snow free for months. Here are a couple of blooms that really stood out on the 6.4-mile round trip hike up the cliffs of Zion:

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