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Cataract Wild Rose – A closeup shot of a wild rose growing along the shore of Cataract Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. They are native to most of North America and have adapted to grow in its varied climates. Unlike most of their cultivated brethren in gardens and parks, these roses tend to be smaller with a single set of five petals which last but one day. Most varieties are pink with a couple of lavender and light pink/white variants. But remember, just like their cousins, they do have thorns! If the rose is pollinated, it will form a bright red bulb (a rose hip) under the flower over several days after the petals have dropped off. A quick trivia note - all the varieties of roses we enjoy today are descended from wild roses like the one in this photo.
Cataract Lake can be reached by taking Colorado Highway 9 North from I-70 at Silverthorne. You’ll turn onto County Road 30 and follow this along Green Mountain Reservoir for several miles. Look for Cataract Creek Road (1725) on your right as you approach the small town of Heeney. Turn onto this dirt road and follow it up to the parking area for the lake. There are multiple trails around the lake which will bring you to the back where a waterfall is located (you can see it from the parking lot).
w/ Tamron 70-300mm Macro lens
ISO-400, 1/500s, f/7.1, 70mm
Photo taken on 07/11/2015 at Heeney, Colorado