I don't know why I never noticed these flowers before moving here, but I absolutely love them! The blooms are gorgeous in any color and the long graceful spurs just and a touch of the unusual that attracts me to certain flowers over others.
This bloom is just the first of many. There are many more just beginning to open. I want to have a big patch of the native Rocky Mountain Columbine (the Colorado state flower) once we are established in our own place (which looks like it is at least another year away).