With the earth still moist from snow melt and a rainy spring, wildflowers sprinkle the range, flourishing amongst the sage. Besides the ubiquitous paintbrush, we saw:
|Barrel Cactus are blooming on the mountain at about 8000 feet.|
After reading about ants and cactus, we found that there is a process called "mutualism" between the two species. The ants feed on a barrel cactus' nectar-secreting glands, and in return, the ants discourage herbivore bugs from feeding upon the cactus.