I was walking along the upper Eldred River and came upon this lovely red flower. It's the Red Columbine, also known scien- tifically as Aquilegia formosa.
The Columbine is a perennial plant, returning each spring with beautiful bright red blooms with yellow centers. Tall thin stems rise from the green leaves lying close to the ground. Look for Columbines in moist areas such as meadows, along lakes and streams (that's where I found mine), in clearings, and even on rocky slopes.
The Columbine's flower hangs facing downwards. Look underneath the five red petals and you will see the yellow stamens in the center. -- Margy