Sep 17th, 2014 by Mel
“Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer’s wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out. The caps are white, and covered with scales—this is the origin of the common names of the fungus. The gills beneath the cap are white, then pink, then turn black and secrete a black liquid filled with spores (hence the “ink cap” name). This mushroom is unusual because it will turn black and dissolve itself in a matter of hours after being picked or depositing spores.”
This was very cool to learn on the internet…I had no idea even though I’d seen them before.
Have you ever seen a Shaggy Ink Cap Mushroom? Amazing what it will do, huh?
Tags: Estes Park, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, Rocky Mountain National Park
Sep 16th, 2014 by Mel
I just love all the varieties of butterflies in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. This Western Tailed-Blue butterfly was so pretty feeding on the Pussytoes wildflower.
The Western Tailed-Blue is only about 1″ and lives by streamsides and mountain meadows from April until August. Have you ever seen one?
Tags: Butterfly, Estes Park, RMNP Back Country, RMNP Wildflowers, Rocky Mountain National Park
Sep 15th, 2014 by Mel
I always seem to take a photograph of the Fireweed wildflower during the summer when it has just started blooming. I don’t think I’ve ever taken a photograph of it at the end of the summer.
Fireweed blooms from the bottom up during the summer months. When it reaches the top, you know that summer is almost over.
I saw this Fireweed overhanging a stream in Rocky Mountain National Park a couple of days ago. All of the lower flowers have bloomed, seeded and blown off already. Fall is just around the corner!
Tags: Estes Park, Estes Park Weather, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, RMNP Hiking, Rocky Mountain National Park
Sep 14th, 2014 by Mel
This 7-pointer is the biggest Bull Elk that I’ve ever seen. He is huge and his antlers are massive! I am sure that he will be a big draw for all the females during the rut this year.
It should be pretty exciting to watch. Will anyone give this Big Guy a run for the money???
Tags: Estes Park, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP & Estes Park Wildlife, RMNP Back Country, Rocky Mountain National Park, Rut
Sep 13th, 2014 by Mel
The Aspen trees are starting to change color in Rocky Mountain National Park!
We took a drive up to Bear Lake a couple of days ago and there were little bits of gold and orange coloring along the way. I bet the next week or two will be spectacular!
Tags: Aspens, Estes Park, Estes Park Weather, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, RMNP Bear Lake, RMNP Hiking, Rocky Mountain National Park
Sep 12th, 2014 by Mel
I thought it would be appropriate to post that gorgeous sunrise that we had a day after that horrific flood in Estes Park, RMNP and surrounding towns in Colorado last year on September 12, 2013.
Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park have come a long way since that tragic day.
Mother Nature brings tragedy and then brilliance, but she controls it all. This sunrise was a glimpse of hope for everyone.
Tags: Estes Park, Estes Park Sunrise, National Parks, Old Man Mountain, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, Rocky Mountain National Park