I was cruising the highway north of Naturita, Colorado to enjoy an April evening. And to try to catch some trout.
The fishing action was nothing to write about, but I enjoyed being out in the wilds, as always. Nobody else around.
While checking out another little road spur through the sand toward the San Miguel River, the bright red of wildflowers caught my eye. I had seen prickly pear cactus as I drove, and so at first thought I thought the red might be the blossoms of Claret-Cup Cactus.
Nope. It was Indian Paintbrush, always the earliest of wildflowers in the high desert country. This clump happened to be nestled in against some prickly pear cacti, which added to the red-green color fiesta against the otherwise drab ground cover.
While walking back from the river’s edge I did spot a colony of Claret-Cups. So I will keep tabs on this site, as they will be blooming soon, too.
Photo location: Naturita, Montrose County, Colorado.
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