Wildflowers in Full Bloom in the Black Hills
Over the last couple of years, I have hiked all over the Black Hills. I have taken trails that were very easy, like Iron Creek Trail in Spearfish Canyon, and some that were a little more difficult, like Harney Peak. Every time I take a new trail I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me. This beauty is found in more than just the amazing view at the end of the trail but in the babbling creeks, wildlife big and small, and in the tiny wildflowers that grow along the trail.
Last weekend I went for a hike up Buzzards Roost. I was especially excited about this trail because I had never taken it before and my friend that I was with had sent me pictures of the view at the top. That’s my favorite part when you finally reach the end of a trail and are rewarded with a magnificent view.
As we started up the trail, camera in hand, I started to look around for ways to document what I saw around me. I was so excited when I saw that wild roses were in bloom. I am a sucker for wildflowers, I used to pick them so much as a little girl that my mom ran out of vases to keep them in.
I saw so many beautiful flowers, I made an hour hike take two. I had to get the perfect shot of each bud and bloom I saw. I can’t even begin to explain my excitement when I a little bee flew into my frame and I caught the perfect image of him pollinating the flower I was photographing, and then a few flowers up the trail, it happened again!
When we finally reached the top I was still in awe of the vast sea of trees I saw before me. We stopped for a moment and enjoyed the view. I snapped a few pictures and then we went back down the trail. When you go hiking this summer take the time to look at the beauty beyond the view. There are always little creatures, or big creatures, around and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses…just make sure there’s nothing buzzing around them.
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