Lory State Park is perched above Fort Collins to the west. Every weekend day, throngs of people hike the Arthur’s Rock trail to a small prominence with spectacular views of Fort Collins. A multitude of mountain bikes ride the East and West Valley trails. My favorite, away from the crowds, are a set of lesser known and much less used hiking trails. These trails lead to six backcountry camping sites. We spent part of Memorial Day weekend camped at one of these. The sites are quite unique; from them we could hear the horn blasts of the trains running through town, and watch the lightning dance across the High Plains. The following morning we did the obligatory climb of Arthur’s Rock, and on the way back down I was able to take a few pictures. The skies were overcast, giving a soft even light for wildflower photos. When I saw this bright orange Wallflower in front of a mass of dead gray twigs, I knew I had something. This became my favorite image of the week.

Wallflower

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/9 at 1/50, ISO 250.

Digital Darkroom. Exposure +0.22, Contrast +10. Done.

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.