Wildflowers are nature's vanity. Showing themselves every year with the wish to attract as many insects and animals as possible to show off their beauty. Each year is a delightful treasure hunt to find the most beautiful.
These buds will soon produce flowers, but have their own beauty at this stage. Adjacent to Widgeon Pond in Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. July 9, 2010. This may be orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) before blooming.