Blue Flag

My uncle stopped by while I was weeding in the garden, and informed me that there were wild irises in a little hollow a few minutes walk away. I had found a bunch at Buzzard’s Roost a couple of weeks ago, but I had only seen a few on our property, mostly wilted. Sure enough, following a familiar draw, unbelievably lush this time of year, there were a few dozen wild irises, scattered here and there like gems.Rocky Mountain iris / Western Blue FlagAlthough I’m somewhat better able to control myself when other people are hiking or walking with me, when I’m by myself I have this uncontrollable compulsion to look at every single flower I catch a glimpse of. So I zigzagged my way along a faint trail, where my uncle had driven to check fencing and do other ranch maintenance.IMG_2778Irises, also known as western blue flag, are complicated-looking flowers, with an exotic structure and beautiful patterns on the petals that look like watercolor painting. Other irises I had found this spring were somewhat washed-out or faded in appearance, which perhaps they were. These ones, though, had no shortage of vivid color. Rocky Mountain iris / Western Blue FlagThere were other wildflowers beginning to be in abundance, wallflowers and fleabane, and a false dandelion which was an exciting find – But the blue flags were the highlight.

Laura Elizabeth

3 thoughts on “Blue Flag

  1. Beautiful and interesting! I didn’t know that wild iris existed. True, they look very much like the Iris found frequently around our homes. In Missouri, I have heard them referred to as the “Poor Man’s Orchid.” Amazed at all of the special FINDS you have photographed and shared! Thanks!


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