After working all day to clean guest rooms in the center's big lodge, I would often slip my canoe in the water after dinner and paddle around to the east side of the lake. There, I would linger among enormous boulders that had tumbled down from the mountain above to the water's edge. This gave me clear view of the setting sun as it sank behind the far mountains, the lake reflecting the sunset's glory on its liquid-silver, gently rippling surface.
I also include a photo of the beautiful Wild Purple Clematis (Clematis occidentalis), a gorgeous lime-loving wildflower that I have never found elsewhere except tumbling across some marble boulders that line the entry road to Pyramid Life Center.
I can't witness these wonders in person this year, but at least I can feast my eyes on their photographs.
I am also consoled by knowing where to find some pretty marvelous flowers much closer to home. I abused my still-recovering hand a bit yesterday, when I hauled myself, crawling and grasping at saplings, up a steep rocky embankment because I just HAD to photograph the gorgeous Yellow Lady's Slippers I knew would be growing there. And I was not disappointed.
There were fewer of these gorgeous native orchids than I had found last year, but at least one of them bore twin blooms. This is not a rare occurrence for Yellow Lady's Slippers, but I always delight to find them. (Cypripedium parviflorum is this wild orchid's scientific name.)