1377 - AlpenPix (Wild) - 2007-01-31|
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Photographer: Jane Hendrix
Note: Moss Gentian; a Colorado alpine annual species; 1 inch tall; blue; blooms in late spring to early summer.
This tiny, annual Gentian is easily overlooked among the lush grasses and forbs of its alpine habitat. The flowers are extremely light-sensitive. Just passing your shadow over them will cause them to close up their petals.
Photo taken at 12,600 feet on the Continental Divide, Summit County, Colorado in early July.
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