There are so many wonderful wildflowers in northern New Mexico, especially at this time of year. Not only are the orange gilias, penstemons and paintbrushes in full bloom, but also the purple asters, the fleabanes, and the Rocky Mountain penstemon appear.
I love the beautiful gentians that bloom in the wilderness. They are not very common, but they can be found if one looks carefully. My hope is that everyone who hikes learns to appreciate the wonders of nature, including the gorgeous flowers that grace our woodlands. Enjoy a few of them pictured - Rocky Mountain Penstemon (above) and Fringed Gentian (below).