The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la

Posted: August 7, 2014 in Nature, Personal, Travel
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The flowers that bloom in the spring,
Tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine –
As we merrily dance and we sing,
Tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring,
Tra la.
Of a summer of roses and wine.
And that’s what we mean when we say that a thing
Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
“The Mikado”, Gilbert & Sullivan

OK, it’s not spring.  But I might be forgiven for thinking it is and for thinking springtime thoughts. In recent years, the west has experienced lots of drought, when the grass for grass for grazing has been short and sparse and hay has to be purchased, rather than taken from the barn.  This year is different.  This year the grass, even in August, is lush, high enough for a horse to snack on without lowering its head and dotted with wildflowers.  It looks almost like spring.

This winter, the Big Horns had 22′ or more of snow, much like the “old days” and  justification for putting up brace poles inside the cabin before closing it for fall.  That translates into lots of water when the spring melt comes and that’s a good thing!  The cabin’s metal roof bent slightly under the weight of the snow.  During the winter, a person could walk on the snow from the rooftop of the tack room to the roof of the workshop.  A snowmobile wasn’t even useful as it would sink and have to be dug out.

Plentiful water means plentiful flowers, flowers which are usually gone by this time of year.  Although we’ve only been here two days, I have a few pictures to share with you and I imagine there will be more once I’ve had more time to go hiking.  In the meantime, enjoy these and don’t forget the sunscreen and either sunglasses or a hat.





As seen on our ride today…


  1. M-R says:

    Astonishing colours, Janet – no wonder it feels like spring ! Thank you for letting us see ’em: it would be terrible for you to hoard them to your bazoom !!! [grin]

  2. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Yes, it has been amazingly green this year in Colorado, too. And more wildflowers than I have ever seen. Great shots, Janet!

    • Thanks much, Cathy. Each year when we reach Wyoming (or South Dakota), we’re anxious to see whether there’s lots of green or if it’s been dry. This year it’s wonderful and such a blessing.


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