These Narrowleaf Paintbrush were found on the trail to Gem Lake. The petals are actually the green parts.
Up above treeline there is an amazing mix of teeny flowers — most only 1/3 inch across. They huddle between the boulders. Clockwise from top left: Alpine Forget-Me-Nots, Alpine Paintbrush, mix, Alpine Sandwort, Moss Campion, Featherleaf Fleebane.
I’ve never seen Rosy Paintbrush like this … It’s plump! And it is such a rich pink. Mixed in with Elephant Heads it was really something.
Sometimes the mix of colors is absolutely staggering…