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westerntigerswallowtail

This Western Tiger Swallowtail was posing for us on the Fern Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

It is one of the larger butterflies at 3 1/2″ and is yellow with black tiger stripes. I love the blue and orange spots near its tail.

Gorgeous, isn’t he?

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fireweedrock

The Fireweed is one of  my favorite of the wildflowers that grows in Rocky Mountain National Park!

I love how it blooms from the bottom up. You know that summer is just about over when the blooms are at the top!

fireweedmacro

This macro of the Fireweed shows the detail in each little flower. Exquisite, don’t you think?

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1elk

This 7-point Bull Elk is the biggest one that I have ever seen in Estes Park! I’ve seen many 5 and 6 pointers, but never a 7-pointer.

He was just mowing his way across the yard, eating everything in sight!

I thought it would be fun to take  a photograph of him now with the velvet still on his antlers, and then try to find him in another month or so when the velvet should have fallen off.

I’ll keep you all posted if I find him again! (I’m so surprised that he is still in town and not up high in the mountains with the rest of the elk!)

Isn’t he magnificent?

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hummingbirdlakeestes

This little Calliope Hummingbird posed in this tree at Lake Estes for about 30 seconds while I clicked away.

What do you think?

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fieldflowers

The wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park have been just gorgeous this summer! This is first photograph is from Horseshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park and the second photograph is from Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

fieldflowerslilylakeGorgeous, don’t you think? Have you seen a lot of beautiful wildflowers this summer?

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westerngiantpuffball

I’ve seen these Western Giant Puffballs over the years in Rocky Mountain National Park….usually under a tree. But I never researched what it was.

The Western Giant Puffball s a “huge, white, flattened sphere with flattened polygonal, buff warts. Its interior is white becoming green-brown and cracking with age.”

Have you ever seen one of these? Incredible, huh? (I put my foot next to it so you could see just how huge it was!)

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