Welcome to Colorado Wildbuds!


Species distribution maps from Biota of North America (BONAP) have been added to the plant descriptions. 

…a collection of our photographs of Colorado wildflowers. We hope that you find the photos enjoyable and useful. There are some 442 species, subspecies and variants in the collection as of August 24, 2020. To see our recent photos click here.

The main database is organized by flower color and species scientific names. You can find wildflowers by Color, Scientific Name, Common Name, or Family. Or use the Search  function.

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When identifying these plants, the scientific names indicated on the Integrated Taxonomic Information Sysytem (ITIS) website were chosen. Family names have been revised according to APG standards.

Special thanks to Jane Hendrix of Breckenridge for help in locating plants and their identification. To see her plant collection click on her two links at the bottom of this page.

The photographs are copyrighted, but can be used with prior permission and attribution.  Please contact us to request permission or if you would like prints. 

If you'd like to comment about the photos, especially if you see some mistakes, please Contact Us. 

Thanks and check out our Colorado Scenery and  Texas Wildflowers websites too!

Tom & Linda  

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Besides hiking, mountain biking is a great way to get to some great wildflower sites, and it’s quicker than walking. My backpack is usually loaded with a camera, hiking tripod, biking equipment and water for a day in the Colorado backcountry. If it’s an aggressive ride, I’ll take my small Sony RX100-III camera, and for easier rides my DSLR with macro lens. 

Another way we get to the best places is in our 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited shown here at Lower Crystal Lake in Summit County. We drive as far as the roads allow and then hike. Click here for more about our Jeep adventures.


Several sources for plant identification have been used, with these being the most important: 

Photo Equipment and Processing: 

All of the photographs were taken with digital cameras, primarily Nikon DSLRs, including D70, D200, D300S and (currently) D810. Most DSLR photos were taken with a Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom macro lens. Oher cameras were used as well, including aim-and-shoots Canon SD650, Nikon P7000 and Sony RSX-100III.  Beginning in 2016, I've been doing focus stacking on some photos using the lens focusing barrel or a Kirk FR-2 focusing rail.

Most photos were taken with natural light but some close-up shots were made using a Nikon RC1 macro flash system.

Almost all photos are shot with camera RAW file format and developed and converted to JPEGs on a Macintosh computer with Aperture or (currently) Lightroom and Color Efex4 Pro software. For the focus stacks I use Helicon Focus software to process the images. The processing steps consist of first identifying the plants and organizing them in Lightroom with keywords. The photos are usually cropped and exposures/contrasts adjusted before converting to JPEGs and uploaded to my website using Sandvox web development software.

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