May was cold and wet in western Colorado and though that stretches the patience for those longing for the summer’s warm massage, brilliance pops in the backcountry when the sun finally does shine. On our first trip back to the WildSnow port-a-hut, we oohed and awed over nature’s bright beauty springing up all around us.
High alpine Colorado wildflowers change as summer rolls through. These are the first that popped up. Name these wildflowers — extra points for the scientific name and interesting factoids — especially if the leaves will work in a salad.