Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies - This probably isn't the most comprehensive field guide I have, but it is the most charming. It's beautifully photographed and illustrated and written in a more narrative style than is typical for these kinds of books. It's fun to just sit and read. I think there a few more regions available in different titles.
Southern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers - A more typical field guide, but still slightly better than what I've owned in the past. Clearer descriptions and nice photographs will make this one a must have on hikes.
I'm planning an extensive, year long study of mountain life zones this year combining our trail maps, photographs, lots of printables from the US Forest Service site, and our own very happy memories.
OK - moving on, as I do, to yarn.
Do y'all remember last summer when the fabulous Dani at Sunshine Yarns created a color inspired by one of my photos? She turned this adorable little mushroom into this gorgeous yarn:
Well, she has done it again! She asked us to submit photos of our favorite summer places and activities on Ravelry. My favorite summer activity is hunting for wildflowers in the mountain forests. I think I've mentioned this before. :) So I submitted, naturally, a photo of my favorite find, the oft mentioned monkshood. And she turned it into this, "Hunting Wildflowers":
Isn't it so, so pretty? I'm thrilled. She combined my obsession with wildflowers and my obsession with yarn. It sold out in about 3 seconds and even I almost missed it entirely (though I think Carmen managed to get some!)
And in roving too!
Just so dreamy.