Columbines are among the prettiest of wildflowers. They seem so delicate, yet they grow in some pretty harsh climates. And amazingly, I’ve heard they are really easy to cultivate and grow in your garden. I might just have to add some to my flower bed next spring. Columbines are perennials which means I won’t have to replant them every year.
Rocky Mountain Columbine (the blue and white ones) are the official flower of Colorado. We Coloradans are so enamored of our state flower, that our state song is “Where the Columbines Grow.” And just in case you’re curious about our state song, here it is:
In case you’re wondering, we decided to make “Rocky Mountain High” our second state song. Sorry, John Denver. Maybe you should have included columbines in that song and you might have gained the top spot.
But state songs aren’t the subject of today’s post. Colorful Colorado columbines are on tap for today. I love photographing flowers, and I love even more finding wildflowers to photograph while I’m out hiking and exploring in our beautiful Rocky Mountains. Through most of the year, there is no shortage of wildflowers carpeting the Rockies but for me, columbines are still the prize. I love their delicate, elegant look. I think they are among the most elegant of flowers with their tiny delicate pistils and long elegant spurs.
Until I moved to Colorado, I had only ever seen a yellow columbine, but now that I’ve been here a while, I’ve found a rainbow of columbine, and I hear there are even more colorful varieties that I haven’t happened upon yet.
Here are just a few favorites from my photographic files. And all of these beautiful columbine images are available for purchase in my photographic art gallery here. You can also click on any image to view it in the gallery.
Do you have a favorite flower? Share your favorites and your comments below.