The white and lavender Rocky Mountain Columbine was designated the official state flower of Colorado in 1899 after winning the votes of Colorado's school children.
I have attempted to shoot these elegant flowers many times in the past, but for various reasons, rain, location, light, etc. I had not been able to get any decent shots until I went to American Basin in July this year. When I arrived at the American Basin, it was an eye-popping experience that wildflowers were everywhere with American Peak as the backdrop in the valley. Among the standout were the lavender columbines which were beautifully blooming everywhere in the valley. This image was stitched from three shots to show the beautiful patterns of columbines and clouds around American Peak. Although it was a very rough ride to the American Basin, the trip was worthwhile and I would definitely want to go there again.