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First Church In Estes Park Is At The Elkhorn Lodge

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The Elkhorn Lodge and Guest Ranch built in 1874 has quite a lot of history. It is presently on the list of six of the  most endangered historical properties in Colorado. It is just gorgeous and sits on 65 acres and has 37 buildings. The views are just stunning from the lodge and from the top of the hill. This is a picture of the first church in Estes Park which is located at the Lodge. I love the old wagon sitting in front of the church. It was so pretty after a little snowfall. Go to www.elkhornlodgeco.com to learn more about the lodge and what is going on this summer. It looks pretty exciting!

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A Red Admiral Butterfly On Fern Lake Road In Rocky Mountain National Park!

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I have loved photographing butterflies this past summer! I’ve seen so many that I’ve never seen before and gotten some interesting photographs.

I was hiking down the Fern Lake Road after a hike when I saw this Red Admiral Butterfly flitting around. I followed it until it landed on this aspen. Every time I got too close it would camouflage its wings so it was hard to get that “perfect” photo op! I thought this one was ok…you can see what kind of butterfly it is and some of its beautiful colors of black red and white. It is nestled right against the aspen where the elk have mangled it, so it may be a bit hard to see.

According to my butterfly book, the Red Admiral is brownish-black above, with semicircular reddish-orange bands. Its forewings are spotted white. It lives in meadows and woodland edges (which is where I saw it) and is usually around from May to August but sometimes stays a bit into the fall.

Pretty butterfly, don’t you think?

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The Marmots Are So Cute On Fall River Lane in Estes Park

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I was walking to town yesterday via Fall River Lane and was daydreaming and enjoying the day when all of a sudden I noticed something brown and furry to my left. I quickly looked over and there sat Mr. Marmot on the rock, just checking me out. I got out my camera while he just watched me snapping away. He never moved. They are just too cute!

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The Elk Rut And Bugling Has Begun In Estes Park!

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Phil  and I were treated to quite a show last night in our front yard! A Bull Elk and about 10 cows and 2-3 babies had been hanging around the “neighborhood” for a couple of hours, enjoying the grass and just relaxing. Our front yard abuts Rocky Mountain National Park, so the elk were up and down the mountain and within easy viewing.

All  of a sudden one of the cows and her baby decided to bolt away. The Bull Elk took off after them and right through our yard. He came within 3 feet of our front door. You could see the baby trying to keep up with mom but she was too fast. The Bull Elk was now between the mom and baby and the baby was crying away! Mom kept going down the mountain.

The Bull Elk was bugeling away and kept running after her until they were out of sight. We could still hear the baby crying a little ways away. About 20 minutes later, the Bull Elk came back  up our road and was walking along the wall outside our driveway. He didn’t look too happy. This is when I took this photograph.

The Bull Elk went back to his “harem” and they stayed up on the mountain till dark. I don’t know what happened to the cow or the baby…whether they joined them again or took off on their own. We didn;’t hear the baby after a while so we figured it had reunited with its mom.

What a sight! To see this 800 pound Bull Elk charging past our bedroom window. It was incredible! They are such magnificent creatures! And this time of year is so exciting!

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The Purple Lupine Wildflowers Are Blooming By Fall River In Estes Park

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The purple Lupine wildflowers are just gorgeous on Fall River in Estes Park. All of the rain that we’ve had lately in certainly making for some beautiful wildflowers!

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The Berries On The Mountain Ash Are Gorgeous In Rocky Mountain National Park!

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The Mountain Ash is blooming and gorgeous in Rocky Mountain National Park! The red, glossy berries are just beautiful! I’ve seen them off of Fall River Road and around Sprague Lake.

The Mountain Ash has white flowers in the summer which turn into deep orange to scarlet berries in the fall.

If you find one bush there are usually many dense clusters of berries on it. Just look around for the perfect photo! I’m sure you’ll find it!

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Double Rainbow Over Old Man Mountain In Estes Park

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It has been raining so much here in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park that I wasn’t surprised to see this beautiful double rainbow over Old Man Mountain the other day.

Pretty, don’t you think?

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Three-Toed Woodpecker In Estes Park

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I was walking into town the other day when I heard a Woodpecker nearby. I looked up and there was a Three-toed Woodpecker pecking away on the utility pole. He was making pretty good headway.

I wasn’t sure what kind of Woodpecker it was, but the bit of yellow on its head let me believe it was a Three-toed Woodpecker. I have only seen them a few times over the years in Rocky Mountain National Park, never on the road in Estes Park.

What a treat!

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