Archuleta County is located in South-Central Colorado and encompasses one of our favorite wilderness towns, Pagosa Springs. A few miles north of Pagosa is a spot in the Rio Grande National Forest where I found this beautiful wild iris. I love finding colorful irises in the countryside for a couple of reasons. First, their blooming period is rather short, especially in a location with four distinct seasons, so it's a matter of fortunate timing when you come across one. Second, it's one of the flowers you can both buy in a florist shop and find in the wild. That always impresses me.
This particular photo is among my favorite wildflower pics. The combination of the iris' purple, yellow and white petals, complete with purple veins, and its green leaves, contrasted with the dry grass it is sprouting from, is a good representation of how nature populates with beauty in somewhat dubious locations.
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Jack Huber has taken thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.