The Fairyland Loop Trail is a 12.9 km [8.0 mile] hiking trail that descends 704 m [2309 ft] from the Paunsaugunt Plateau in south-central Utah. The area encompassed by the trail lies within Bryce Canyon National Park.
Japanese toad lily. The small flowers [only a few cm across] have remarkable structure and pattern.
Cherry blossoms near Izu Kogen Station on Shizuoka Prefecture's Izu Peninsula, Japan.
Hydrangea, called "ajisai" 紫陽花 in Japan, are symbolic of Japan's rainy season, blooming from June well into July. There are gardens devoted to the many varieties found in Japan or cultivated worldwide.
The amazing flowers of the Japanese toad lily - patterns, shapes, details - a feast for the eyes, and hard to see because of the small size of this plant.
Lilies in bloom on the rocky coastline of Japan's Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Wildflowers in the desert near Escalante, UT.
Wildflowers, insects, and reptiles in the desert near Escalante, UT.
Ajisai, or hydrangea, bloom during the June/July rainy season on the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Ajisai 紫陽花, or hydrangea, bloom during the June/July rainy season on the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.