Blanket Flower, August 2013, Pike National Forest, Hayman fire zone
This time-lapse features life renewed on the forest floor of the Hayman fire (2002) area near Deckers, Colorado, eleven years after the fire. In the beginning of the video there is a small fire that forms on the background slopes towards the end of a rainstorm.
The name blanket flower is most likely derived from the quilted appearance of its red and yellow flowers similar to the patterns found in mid-West Native American blankets. A beautiful legend involving the origin of the blanket flower is described in the following. There was a blanket maker whose talents were admired among the Great Plains Indians. They would travel for many miles to trade for one of his red and yellow patterned blankets. When the blanket maker became very old, he wove his own burial blanket as a gift to the Great Spirit. When he passed, the Great Spirit was very pleased with the gift and decided to give the beautiful gift back to those that the blanket maker left behind. The following spring gorgeous red and yellow wildflowers quickly spread across the plains for all to enjoy. The profusion of these blooms in this legend is reminiscent of this flower's natural growth patterns. Blanketflower dramatically increases within one year of a fire. They also decrease and become more uncommon in areas that have not experienced a burn in decades.