|Federal Highway Administration marker on section one of the Rim Trail|
|Between the tall pines|
|This girl loves being in the mountains|
|Silene laciniata (rear view)|
|Is this a Widemeyer's Admiral?|
|White butterfly and friend on Nodding Onion|
|12,000-foot-high Sierra Blanca|
|Dr. K and Becca|
|The rare Penstemon neomexicanus (New Mexico beardtongue)|
Skyrocket is a great name for a flower.
I agree, Dr. K, and especially that flower. I wonder if it's in the same family as Indian paintbrush...?
Since the Rim Trail was running near the Sunspot Highway, do you think that perhaps the FHA had considered an alternate route that would have brought the road alignment on or near the route of the current Rim Trail?
Scott: it's possible that the FHA considered another route for the Sunspot Highway; the section of the trail where this marker appears is probably the closest of any portion. And, no, Indian Paintbrush and Skyrocket are not related.
P.S. I'm still struggling to find the correct ID of the flower I misidentified as Cliff Fendlerbush.
**Apologies to Dr. K and Scott; I've done this before, and I've done it again--that is, misidentified the Mexican Silene as Skyrocket (Scarlet Gilia). I'll probably do it again in the future. I can only think I've been high on mountain air, which has robbed me of all common sense.
The more I look at that brilliant flower, the less sure I am that it is a Silene.
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