I don’t know what they’re called [update: glacier lillies*], but they were so lovely, I thought I’d share:
They look a lot like little street lamps, if you look closely, having a lovely curve to their stalks and droop to their stalks. (Click for slightly large view.) I think that I usually miss their peak, in previous years, but I’m earlier this year and the season is a bit later this year too, so they really struck me as quite unusual and spectacular. These were spotted on a long hike up to the Buckskin pass and Willow pass areas yesterday, maybe a little more than an hour and a half out from Maroon Bells.
*thanks Paul Clapham!
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