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Morning photo: Lupine love!

Wildflower magic

Lupines against the backdrop of shimmering DIllon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

Lupines against the backdrop of shimmering DIllon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — As the Colorado wildflower season gets under way, I thought I would feature a set focusing on lupines, one of the most ubiquitous species. Lupines grow around the world, from sea level up into the high alpine zone — not to mention our beloved garden varieties. Each variety showing adaptations to their local environment. For example, lupines that grow in the craggy high country have tiny flowers that remain hidden low down in clumps of leaves that offer some shelter from the wind and extreme temperatures. What I haven’t been able to figure out is why the genus got a name that apparently has something to do with the Latin root word for wolves (Lupus). Perhaps in the early days, when people were naming plants, lupine habitat was associated with areas were wolves live, but that’s pure speculation on my part.

Lupines on Tenderfoot Mountain, Dillon, Colorado.

Lupines on Tenderfoot Mountain, Dillon, Colorado.

Lupines along the Tenderfoot Trail, with the Gore Range as a backdrop.

Lupines along the Tenderfoot Trail, with the Gore Range as a backdrop.

An unedited, slightly cropped iPhone shot highlights lupines against a building thunderstorm.

An unedited, slightly cropped iPhone shot highlights lupines against a building thunderstorm.

Lupine love!

Lupine love!

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