Spring on the Mountain

As our reward for the snow, rain, ice mess and inconvenience of late Winter, early Spring, we've seen an abundance of wildflowers on the hillsides, especially balsam root and arnica. The balsam root is fading now, but at its height it a couple of weeks ago, it was blanketed in large rafts across the open, grassy areas. We normally have a lot of arnica plants under the trees, but this year there were many in bloom.

Paintbrush, lupine and balsam root.

Paintbrush, lupine and balsam root.

Bees have been busy around the mountain ash trees that are in heavy bloom, especially the larger tree. With so many flower clusters, their scent is very noticeable, too. The berries attracted a lot of mountain bluebirds last year; perhaps they'll show up again.