Blue columbine tells Colo.’s story |

Blue columbine tells Colo.’s story

In a single blossom, our state flower, the blue columbine, is a perfect echo of Colorado’s grandeur.

You know it in a flash when your eyes first see it. The draping floral tubes drip like glistening droplets from a faraway mountain spring. Its corolla dazzles your eyes with a starburst of geometric wizardry. Bright stamens stare in your face like fairy-sized golden clubs. Legend has it, that the blue, the white, and the gold colors of the columbine are true to life itself, here in Colorado. The blue, they say, is for the Colorado blue sky. “None bluer,” which can sometimes be hard to deny.

The white, it is said, represents the virgin powder snow, reserved in secret troves for those who wake early on a snow-blessed winter morn. Ones seeking outback freshies are rewarded further still – “champagne powder” is the cheer, figure eights, then later, beer.And finally there’s the sparkling gold, the reason that they came. The first seekers came for beaver pelts, the second for gold in hand.

The third wave found true riches, in wild places brimmed full with special flowers, which enshrine the very wonder of Colorado itself.Tom and Tanya Wiesen are owners of Trailwise Guides. Daily private outings are available for wilderness hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and natural history tours. Contact Trailwise at 827-5363.

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