Roger & Elke Edwards Digital Photograph Galleries


15-16 Jun 2007 and 18 Jun 2013

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With severe storm potential forecast in the southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming region the next day, Elke and I decided to head from Denver up to Buffalo WY on 15 Jun 7 get in good position. This also allowed us to eat a fine meal in Buffalo, and to head up into the Bighorns that evening and the next morning for springtime photography around the Cloud Peak Skyway. Neither of us had been in these highlands before, and the experience was well worth the time and effort! The bounteous carpets of wildflowers up there were some of the best we've seen. Here are some select images from that adventure, as well as another "pass through" day trip in 2013--when we decided to come back on the way to Montana storm potential, then encountered some storms right in the mountains.

Arrowleaf balsamroot (yellows) with purple larkspur
Arrowleaf balsamroot (yellow, a.k.a. Balsamorhize sagittata) with purple larkspur
Cirrus plumes
Cirrus plumes seeming to stream off the cliffs of Ordovician Bighorn Dolomite
Prairie smoke a.k.a. geum triflorum
Prairie smoke a.k.a. Geum triflorum
Lupine cluster
Lupine cluster
Stormy mountain skies beyond lupine field
Stormy mountain skies beyond lupine field
Towers of prairie smoke
Towers of prairie smoke--the flower, that is!
Classic western scene
Classic western scene -- snowcapped peaks beyond fields of flowers. Anvils are from early storms in the northern Bighorn Basin.
Nelson larkspur
Nelson larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum). Don't feed it to yourself or your horse; the entire plant is toxic.
Evening in the Bighorns
Evening in the Bighorns: Slate skies beyond fields of wildflowers
White locoweed--a cumulative toxin for livestock
White locoweed (Oxytropis sericea)--livestock like it, but suffer from its cumulative toxin.
Wildflowers!  Snow-capped mountains!  Storm clouds!
Wildflowers! Snow-capped mountains! Storm clouds!
Carpet of flowers
Carpet of flowers: lupines, larkspur and balsamroot
Rocky Mountain phlox
Rocky Mountain phlox (Phlox multiflora) near Meadowlark Lake. Cheyenne Indians crushed the leaves and flowers to use as a stimulant.
Artistically convective sky overhead
Artistically convective sky overhead in the Bighorns
Mountain goldenbanner
Mountain goldenbanner (Thermopsis montana)



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