One thing I love about hiking around the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of lush greenery, but also the incredible number of wildflowers I've seen. This pretty thing is called a Pacific bleeding heart, and I've seen it in several different colors, from pale pink to deep reddish purple. They are related to Lamprocapnos spectabilis, another popular plant called "bleeding heart", which was formerly placed in the same genus, according to Wikipedia.
Darker bleeding hearts
In another few weeks, we'll be able to start hiking in the High Country, and all the flowers that have already bloomed down at sea level will be available for us to enjoy once again, at altitude. I never tire of the beauty that surrounds me in this part of the world. Every year they come up again, I don't think it's just simply for my enjoyment, but you never know. Maybe...