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Secret rock

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An outcrop in a high treeless field, slightly moister than the flat ground around it, sheltered ferns and flowers: golden columbine, and clusters of wild iris. The columbine was just starting, but the iris was spent, each stalk bearing a papery brown remainder of spring. All but this late blossom, which was still blue against the lichen spotted boulder. I’m glad we stopped — it would have been easy to just keep going. (photo A.Shock)

Posted by Allison on Jun 17th 2012 09:06 pm | 2 Comments
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2 Responses to “Secret rock”

  1. robertaon 18 Jun 2012 at 4:52 am link comment

    I am glad you stopped too. It is a lovely photo. Very un-deserty.

  2. Allisonon 18 Jun 2012 at 4:47 pm link comment

    Roberta, you’re right: it’s not the desert! We were in the White Mountains of eastern AZ, above 8500 feet. I’m going to post in more detail later; this was a hasty photo-post from my cell phone.

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