PURPLE CONE FLOWERS, BUGS, AND BIRDS
I saw this female Rufous Hummingbird flying around Desert Paintbrush flowers, seeking nectar. They are very fast and agile flyers. They are very aggressive hummingbirds that will go after other hummingbirds (even ones larger than them) at flowers and feeders to get to the goods.
Here is a Silvery Lupine I found in the Ponderosa Pine forest in northern Arizona. Read about lupines here PAINT IN THE LANDSCAPE and here PURPLE BLOOMS AT THE FOREST EDGE.
The Western Blue Flag is an iris native to western North America. They are found in hardy and high elevation mountains and meadows, also along coastal hill areas. They are also known as Rocky Mountain Iris. They thrive in heavily grazed pasture land.