Posted by Linda Nagy on March 22, 2017 | Posted under Arizona wildflowers, Bernie Nagy Photographer, California poppy, Claret Cup Cactus, desert chicory, globemallow, Linda Nagy Author, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide, verbena, wildflower book, wildflower identification, Wildflower Photography | Leave a Comment
The 2017 Sonoran Desert's super bloom wildflower season is peaking in some areas in March, but there are still abundant wildflowers to see for many more weeks to come north, south, and all around Tucson, Arizona. The plentiful wildflowers are a result of a mild and wet winter. Cacti are also just starting to bloom. Bernie and I are enjoying the mild weather and the colorful wildflower displays in Arizona before returning to Colorado’s High Country. Below are four wildflowers and one cactus that stand out from their surroundings and are easily spotted on hikes or along roadsides.
One of the most common wildflowers seen along roadsides and in patches along hillsides or even blanketing acres of the desert floor, is the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica. This member of the Poppy Family, Papaveraceae grows from 2 to 16 inches high and blooms from mid-February through May. The flowers grow singly on long stems and consist of 4 yellow to orange cup-shaped petals. Leaves are small and fern-like and basal (grow at the base of the stems). A unique feature of the poppy is that it opens in full sunlight and closes at night or when it is cloudy or overcast.
Another wildflower that stands out in the desert area because of its shape and size is the Desert Chicory, Rafinesquia neomexicana. This member of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) grows in gravel and sandy desert flats usually under the shade of shrubs. The white flowerheads, 1 to 1 ½ inches across, consist of rectangular ray flowers with blunt tips of varying lengths with 5 small lobes. Plants grow from 6 to 20 inches high on weak, flexible stems with a few grayish green leaves in thin lobes around the base and with smaller upper leaves alternating around the stem. Desert Chicory blooms from late February through June.
Desert Globemallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua, is also often seen all along Highway 79 from Tucson to Florence, Arizona. These plants, from 20 to 36 inches high, grow in large clumps with bright orange-red flowers in wand-like clusters. Grayish-green leaves are covered with white hairs and are deeply veined, 3-lobed, with scalloped edges resembling maple leaves. The leaves of this drought-resistant member of the Mallow Family, Malvaceae, are grazed upon by domestic sheep and goats and also Bighorn Sheep. Globemallow blooms mainly in March and April.
Goodding’s Verbena, Verbena gooddingii, forms showy flat clusters of many small violet to pink flowers. Each flower has 5 notched petals. Leaves are dark, grayish green, arrow-shaped and divided into lobes with toothed margins. They are attached oppositely along square stems. This desert shrub is dependent on rainfall and is common on slopes, and along roadsides and washes. Gooding’s Verbena attracts butterflies making it a favorite Arizona landscaping plant that blooms from February through October. Plants grow from 8 to 20 inches high.
There is one cactus blooming now in Arizona that has outstanding blossoms. Claret-cup Hedgehog, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, forms a mound of brilliant funnel-shaped scarlet blooms that are pollinated by hummingbirds. This small barrel-shaped cactus forms from a few to hundreds of spherical to cylindrical light-to bluish green densely spiny stems in roundish, large, dense mounds. Plants grow in gravelly soils in grasslands, shrublands, pinyon/juniper, or aspen communities. Interestingly, Claret-cup Cactus grows in the Rocky Mountains, too, and was named the official State Cactus of Colorado in March, 2014.
Although these wildflowers are found in Arizona, there are many similar or same species found in Colorado. The Claret-cup Cactus and California Poppy are native to Colorado and there is a similar species of Globemallow that are featured in Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide along with over 265 other flowers. This guide and Nature-themed products are available at www.HighCountryArtworks.com
Posted by Bernie Nagy on March 17, 2017 | Leave a Comment
After receiving her Colorado Flora Certificate in 2015, Linda Nagy continued volunteering and educating the public about the value of Colorado’s native plants and to help people identify alien invasive plants. In December, 2016 she became a certified Native Plant Master after completing 3 Native Plant Master curriculum courses and successfully meeting the educational contact requirements to receive the certification. “The Colorado Native Plant Society has excellent resources, data bases, and knowledgeable teachers to provide information on Colorado’s more than 2500 different plant species,” said Linda.
While working toward the Native Plant Master certification, Linda and her husband, Bernie Nagy, released an expanded edition of their best-selling Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide in March of last year increasing the number of wildflowers identified to 270. The guide is one of the top Rocky Mountain guides on Amazon and throughout Colorado. This new guide has rounded corners, color-coded pages and fits perfectly in a pocket or backpack for easy accessibility. Below are some wildflowers that one might find in the Rocky Mountains. Left to right are: White and Lambert's Locoweed, Pasque Flower, Avalanche Lily, and Cutleaf Anemone. The wildflowers are all featured in the guide including habitat, life zone, flowering time, scientific names, and family names.
Not resting on their achievements, Linda and Bernie continue to seek out, identify and photograph the wildflowers as the seasons progress. Watch for their photo posts and blogs at High Country Artworks on Facebook and at www. Highcountryartworks.com. To maintain the Native Plant Master certification, Linda must continue educational contacts and meet requirements every 2 years. Anyone who has questions about Colorado wildflowers or the non-native aliens, may contact Linda or submit photos through Facebook or the High Country Artworks website. Please show your support by “liking” and commenting on the High Country Artworks Facebook page.
Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide wins top honors at 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Awards Banquet
Posted by Bernie Nagy on August 23, 2016 | Posted under Bernie Nagy Photographer, CIPA EVVY Awards, Colorado Native Plant Society, Colorado Wildflowers, Linda Nagy Author, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide, Rocky Mountains, wildflower book, wildflower identification | Leave a Comment
Bernie and Linda of Fairplay, South Park, CO published informative pocket guide featuring over 270 Varieties of Wildflowers
(DENVER, Colorado) August 20, 2016 –
The artist/writer couple, Bernie and Linda Nagy received top awards in the Science, and Academic Reference Categories and second place in Illustrations at the 22nd Annual CIPA EVVY Awards ceremony. An Ebook version of Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide produced by Yellow Studios also received a first place award. CIPA, Colorado Independent Publishers Association has one of the longest running awards competitions for Indie publishers.
Linda and Bernie Nagy are always on the lookout for great photo opportunities. The Nagys are retired from a direct marketing business and are now professional photographers and artists in South Park Colorado. Prior to this year they published four books including two photography coffee table books showing the beauty of South Park, a Park County History book, and the first edition of their Rocky Mountain Wildflower Guide, all of which won several top book publishing awards.
“We started a wildflower guide 3 years ago because we felt there was a definite need for one to fit easily in a back pocket to take on hiking trips. Our now enhanced second edition that was released in March of this year is continually receiving compliments and sold well during the wildflower season. We just wanted to get the best possible high quality book on the market with color coded pages, rounded corners, updated detailed information including new family names, and as before, clear color photos in a book to be sold for a reasonable price,” said Bernie who did the photography as well as the cover and overall page design for its second edition. Winning four top awards this month attests to the quality of the Nagys’ book.
Besides book publishing, Bernie is a media correspondent, travel writer and lifelong press and nature photographer.
“It took me several years of studying wildflowers, researching online, and taking many Colorado Native Plant Master Courses to finally achieve my Colorado Flora and my Native Plant Master Certificates this year,” said Linda Nagy.
Linda Nagy, an artist and graphic designer, also writes articles for local newspapers, publications, and the popular Colorado Life Magazine.
The award-winning expanded second edition of Rocky Mountain Wildflowers is available through HighCountryArtworks.com, numerous book and gift retailers, and has a 5-star rating on Amazon.com. The new award-winning EBook version is also available through Amazon’s Kindle store and Barnes & Noble.
Experience Colorado’s Colorful Wildflowers at Crested Butte’s Wildflower Festival July 11-23, 2016 and Meet Linda and Bernie Nagy, authors of the Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide.
Posted by Bernie Nagy on June 23, 2016 | Posted under Aspen Sunflowers, Bernie Nagy Photographer, Case's Corydalis, Colorado Wildflowers, Crested Butte, Linda Nagy Author, Pocket Field Guide, Rocky Mountain Research Lab, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide, Rocky Mountains, Silvery Lupine, wildflower book, wildflower identification | Leave a Comment
This year is proving to be a spectacular year for wildflowers. Along roadways, trails, and in fields and in high country meadows, colorful blooms can be seen everywhere in abundance. Perhaps one of the best places to see and learn about wildflowers is at Crested Butte, the wildflower capital of Colorado. Since 1986, the town has hosted a wildflower festival. This year’s week-long event takes place July 11-23 with additional events continuing through August. Even if you don’t attend scheduled events that are well worth the price, you can travel the back roads on your own to enjoy fantastic wildflower displays.
Case's Corydalis, Crested Butte Aspen Sunflowers, Crested Butte
Be sure to take the road to Gothic as well. From Crested Butte follow Gothic Road, Country Road 317 for approximately 7 miles. Here you will find the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Gift Store. RMBL provides support for scientists and students with research laboratories and protected research sites. The store there has informative displays, books, merchandise, and snacks and drinks for sale. On Friday July 15, Linda and Bernie Nagy will be there from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign their wildflower book as well as their unique cutting boards with photographic wildflower scenes of Crested Butte and watercolor wildflower images.
Silvery Lupine near Gothic Linda Nagy, author
While in Crested Butte, visit the Townie Books at 414 Elk Avenue. On Saturday July 16, Linda and Bernie Nagy will be there from 11:00am til 2:00pm to sign their award-winning Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide books purchased during the event.
If you need help identifying wildflowers, "Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide" is for you and all nature enthusiasts who want to learn more about wildflowers throughout Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Region. Information includes common, scientific and family names, a brief description, and each wildflower’s habitat, life zone, and general flowering time. Wildflowers were photographed from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Mosquito Range, and from Crested Butte to the southern San Juan Mountain Ranges, and in parts of Wyoming’s Central Rockies. Clear, detailed photographic images depict some of the most common as well as some uncommon wildflowers that one might find along trails and roadsides. The wildflowers in the guide are grouped according to color so you can quickly find and identify an unfamiliar flower. The compact 4”x6” softbound book that fits easily into a pocket or back pack. It is also available at www.HighCountryArtworks.com and on Amazon. Watch for the Nagys' Wildflowers of Colorado 2017 Calendar available in July, 2016.
Where ever you are in Colorado, get out and enjoy the wildflowers and learn more about them.
Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide is a very useful and well-designed wildflower guide! …one of the best wildflower guides for those who love nature in the Southern and Central Rockies of Colorado and Wyoming. D. Marks, Amazon
This is BY FAR the BEST nature book I have seen yet on the Rocky Mountains...and I have a whole bookcase full! D. Barker, Amazon
Small, easily packable, arranged by colors so flowers are easy to find. We have had such an abundance of flowers in CO this year due to a wet spring- some I've never seen before! Chris, Amazon
If you don't have a wildflower field guide for the Rocky Mountains, just buy this one. It will be the only one you need… M. Mulhal, Amazonl
Early Summer Wildflowers Abound at Green Mountain State Park, Reynolds Park, and Golden Gate State Park near Denver, Colorado.
Posted by Bernie Nagy on May 27, 2016 | Posted under Bernie Nagy Photographer, Colorado Native Plant Society, colorado trails, conifer colorado, denver, Fairy Slipper, Frisco, Golden Colorado, Lakewood Colorado, Linda Nagy Author, Pocket Field Guide, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers, Rocky Mountains, Summit County, wildflower book, wildflower identification, Wildflower Photography | Leave a Comment
From mid-June through mid-July a wide array of wildflowers can be discovered at Green Mountain State Park, along the wood-shaded trails at Reynolds Park and along the mountain trails at Golden State Park. All three parks are near Denver making them great destinations for day hikes.
Sugarbowl and Wallflowers Cutleaf Anemone Blue Mist Penstemon
The plants shown here were photographed at the parks and are just a few of the 272 wildflowers pictures and described in the newly published Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide by Linda Nagy, who received last year her Colorado Flora Certificate from the Colorado Native Plant Society.
Water Crowfoot Pine Drops Fairy Slippers
The convenient 4”x 6” pocket-sized guide book with color-coded pages, professional photographs and detailed descriptions is available through High Country Artworks or Amazon for $14. You may visit the author on June 10, 2016 at the Next Page Book Store on Main Street Frisco, Colorado for a book signing along with her co-author/photographer husband Bernie Nagy and renowned photographer John Fielder who will be signing his latest wildflower coffee table book.
Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Guide Book signing on June 10th at the Next Page Bookstore in Frisco, Summit County, Colorado.
Posted by Bernie Nagy on May 22, 2016 | Posted under Breckenridge, Central Rockies, CIPA EVVY Awards, Colorado High country., Colorado Native Plant Society, Colorado State Flower, Colorado Wildflowers, Denver Botanical Gardens, Dillon, Early summer wildflowers, Fairplay, Frisco, Glacier Lily, Identifying Wildflowers, indian paint brushes, Linda Nagy, Linda Nagy Artist, Mosquito Range, nature photography, photographing wildflowers, Rocky Mountain Wildflower Field Guide, Rocky Mountain wildflowers, Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide, Rocky Mountains, South Park, South Park books, Southern Rockies, Spiderwort, Summit County, wildflower book, wildflower identification, wildflower identyfication, Wildflower Photography | Leave a Comment
The expanded new edition 272- page Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide will be featured at a special evening book signing event on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 5 to 8PM at the “Next Page” Book Store on Main Street in Frisco, Colorado. Authors and Publishers Bernie and Linda Nagy will be there to personally sign books during the event. Their latest book recently received several 5 star ratings from top reviewers on Amazon.
Along with the Nagy’s, renowned Colorado photographer John Fielder will be at the book store at the same time to sign his recently published Colorado Wildflower coffee table book.
After selling out their first multi- award winning Wildflower Guide in just two seasons, the Nagy’s expanded their book adding 50 more wildflowers. The new book is still the same handy 4”x6” size that fits easily in a back pocket and in addition has rounded corners for ease in handling and color coded pages for easy identification. As with the first edition, Nagy’s new book has excellent crisp photographs, expanded informative text and quality printing. Wildflowers featured in the book are from the Foothills to the Alpine Life zones and from Colorado’s Southern Rockies to Wyoming’s Central Rockies.
All of Bernie and Linda Nagy’s books including the award-winning Colorado “South Park” Coffee table nature books and an upcoming 2017 Colorado Wildflower Calendar are available at www.Highcountryartworks.com and on Amazon.
For a personally signed copy of their latest book come and visit Bernie and Linda at the NEXT PAGE Bookstore, Main Street, Frisco, Colorado on Friday, June 10, between 5-8PM.
Green Mountain Park, a Hidden Gem near Denver, Colorado Offers Great Wildflower Viewing and Hiking and Biking Trails by Early Summer.
Posted by Linda Nagy on April 14, 2016 | Posted under 470 bypass, Alameda, Blanketflower, Colorado Tourism, Denver, Denver attractions, Denver Botanical Gardens, Early summer wildflowers, Foothills, Hiking Colorado, Lakewood, Mariposa Lily, Paintbrushes, photographing wildflowers, Red Rock State Park, Rocky Mountain wildflowers, Rocky Mountains, Southern Rockies, Spiderwort, wildflower book, wildflower identyfication, Wildflower Photography, Yucca | Leave a Comment
Green Mountain is where the Great Plains meet the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Hayden Green Mountain Park in Lakewood has wildflower-lined bike and hiking trails and open meadows filled with flowers. There are also spectacular views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Only twenty minutes from Denver, this large park has over 2,400 acres to explore. Last year in mid-June I took a Native Plant Master Course at the park. Our group learned common names, scientific names, family names, environmental relationships and uses for 40 to 50 plants.
Some of the stand out flowers from these field trips were Foothills Paintbrushes, Western Spiderwort, Blanketflowers, Prickly Poppies, Mariposa Lilies, and Yucca. Although most of these flowers bloom only in the Foothills, the Blanketflowers, Mariposa Lilies and other species of Indian Paintbrushes bloom later at higher altitudes as well.
Western Spiderwort, Tradescantia occidentalis, has intense blue flowers and three large petals. The plant’s common name, “Spider” refers to the legs like spider legs and its stringy sap like a spider web.
Prickly Poppy, Argemone polyanthemos, has showy white flowers with wrinkled paper-like petals around a center mound of yellow stamens. The plants can grow to over 3 feet tall and have lobed leaves with sharp spines.
Foothills Paintbrushes were abundant throughout the park. Castilleja integra is a semi-parasitic plant and derives nutrients from other host plants like sage and Blue Grama Grass. The red color blooms are actually bracts rather than petals. The flowers are inconspicuous greenish-yellow tubes that attract broad-tailed hummingbirds.
The attractive Mariposa Lily, Calochortus gunnisonii, has cup shaped blossoms that are pollinated by a wide variety of insects such as bees, flies, and beetles. Native Americans boiled the roots and ate them like potatoes. They also ground the roots into meal for making bread.
Another plant growing in Green Mountain park was a favorite with Native Americans. It is the Soapweed Yucca, yucca glauca. The needle-pointed leaves were used for cordage and the roots were used to make a soap-like substance. Even the flowers and seed pods were boiled and eaten.
For more information on the Colorado Native Plant Society, and its courses, visit www.conps.org. To learn more about Colorado native plants as well as non-native plants in the Rocky Mountains organized by color, find out about the book Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide at www.highcountryartworks.com. This award-winning book is pocket-sized for convenience, but has detailed information and photos of 270 wildflowers and includes most wildflowers found at Green Mountain Park.
Posted by Bernie Nagy on April 03, 2016 | Posted under 2014 Moonbeam Award, 2014 USA Best Book Award, Bernie Nagy Photographer, Blanket Flower, Central Rockies, Colorado Native Plant Society, Colorado State Flower, Colorado Wildflowers, Harebell, Identifying Wildflowers, Linda Nagy Author, nature photography, Rocky Mountain Wildflower Field Guide, Rocky Mountain wildflowers, Rocky Mountains, Southern Rockies, wildflower identyfication, Wildflower Photography | Leave a Comment
In December 2015, Linda Nagy received her Colorado Flora Certificate. “While I was researching and writing Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide in 2013, I joined the Colorado Native Plant Society and began taking their scientific courses to increase my knowledge of the wildflower flora in Colorado. The Colorado Native Plant Society has excellent resources, data bases, and knowledgeable teachers to provide information on Colorado’s more than 2500 different plant species,” said Linda. In 2013, Linda began taking courses both indoors in classrooms and outdoors on nature trails and completed her work in 2015.
To earn the certificate it is necessary to take at least 3 Native Plant Master Courses and to pass an exam that includes identifying plants by scientific names, ecological facts, and whether they are natives or aliens. Additional questions require knowledge of family names and definitions and examples of noxious weeds. Linda passed all courses with the grade of A or A+. She is now eligible to become a Native Plant Master by meeting certain requirements of volunteering and teaching.
The expanded second edition of Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide was released in March of 2016. Linda and her husband, retired professional photographer and graphic artist, Bernie, wanted to improve their best-selling guide with the addition of more pages; that meant increasing the number of wildflowers to 270 (50 more than the first edition).
” It was quite a challenge to show in this new addition as many wildflowers of all colors as possible especially since there is such an abundance of yellow and white flowers that look similar to each other at first glance,” said the author. The new 4"x6" size guide has a sturdy cover with rounded corners to make it a perfect size to slip in a pocket or backpack and color-coded pages to easily identify wildflowers by color.
Bernie and Linda traveled throughout the Colorado Rockies and to parts of Wyoming and Montana to find and photograph wildflowers at the Southern and Central Rockies.
Their new comprehensive wildflower guide at $14 retail is available through www.highcountryartworks.com, Amazon, and better gift and bookstores.
Posted by Bernie Nagy on March 27, 2016 | Posted under Alma, bristlecone pine trees, colorado trails, Colorado Wildflowers, denver, Fairplay, indian paint brushes, Mosquito Range, MRHI, nature photography, Rocky Mountain Wildflower Field Guide, Rocky Mountains, Southern Rockies | Leave a Comment
Pennsylvania Mountain, located in the scenic Mosquito Mountain Range, is only short drive from Fairplay. By traveling north on Hwy 9, continuing on County Rd. 14 and on up Mountain View Drive where it dead ends, one arrives at the trail head. From here at 13,006, Pennsylvania Mountain offers spectacular 360 degree views.
The easy to moderate hiking trail leads through a 500+ acre natural area with public land on three sides and the remnants of high altitude gold mining operations in the not far away.
At first one hikes along a well-established trail lined with fir trees at 11,500 feet. The trail opens up to willow meadows and abundant wildflower fields in mid-summer. The area is also frequented by several moose families and other wildlife.
It is quite possible that one can observe students from the University of Missouri Science department as they go about their studies. Running with butterfly nets through the steep meadows, they catch rare species of short tongued-alpine bumble bees for further scientific study. They also mark off coordinates and isolate species of wildflowers and plants.
When the fir trees recede and the open wildflower meadows grow steeper, one will step into an enchanted small forest of wind-twisted ancient Bristlecone pines on the western slope of the trail. Core samples recently retrieved by scientists estimated that the age of many in the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area Bristlecone trees is close to 1,900 years old and many are still showing increased growth rates over the last 100 years.
No wonder that especially local hikers, wildflower lovers and photographers enjoy this uncrowded wilderness area in summer and fall and even in winter and spring for snowshoe hikes with picturesque mountain scenes.
In 2014, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) purchased ninety-two acres on Pennsylvania Mountain as a multi-phase nature project and for further ongoing studies by scientist to enhance the alpine research at this specific location that has been ongoing for the past 40 years.
Scenic photographs of the area can be found in the award-winning coffee table book South Park, Colorado, Nature’s Paradise that Bernie and Linda Nagy wrote and published. Many of the wildflower species on Pennsylvania Mountain were identified in the recently released 2016 Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide, a 272-page pocket guide book by Linda Nagy with photos by Bernie Nagy. Both books are available at www.highcountryartworks.com and on Amazon.
Posted by Bernie Nagy on October 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment
With the Christmas season soon approaching, High Country Artworks has added new products just in time for holiday gift giving. All of the favorite items are still available as well as the following featured items.
There are now three new kitchen cutting boards with photographs by award-winning photographer, Bernie Nagy. A single Rocky Mountain Columbine, bright red Indian Paintbrushes, and dainty Fairy Slipper Wildflowers are the new designs augmenting the current best-selling designs with photographs by Bernie Nagy and artwork by Linda Nagy. These unique tempered glass boards made in America are practically indestructible and can be used for cutting, chopping, holding hot dishes and for serving boards. Large 11.5" x 15.5" surface area handles most any kitchen project.
Back by popular demand is the South Park Scenic Calendar for 2016. All new scenic photographs depicting Colorado’s high country through the seasons are featured in this handsome 13-month calendar that opens to 8.5 x 17 inches. With a price of just $9.95, 2 for 18.00, these calendars make great gifts that will be appreciated throughout the upcoming year.
These new items plus other fine gifts and award-winning books are available online at www.highcountryartworks.com. Please note Bernie Nagy will be in Colorado at the C&N Holiday Bazaar at the Conifer High School on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and will have items for sale including his Colorado books. On Saturday, December 6, 2015 both Linda and Bernie will be at the Real Holiday Christmas in Fairplay Colorado at the South Park High School. Come by and say "hello" and enjoy the festivities of the holiday season.