Tag Archives: Rocky Mountain National Park

Beautiful Lavender Northern Gentian On the Tundra In RMNP

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There are so many different kinds of Gentian wildflowers that I’ve seen out here in Rocky Mountain National Park….Blue Mountain Gentian, Pleated Gentian, Arctic Gentian and Northern Gentian. I never knew there were so many!

I saw this little Northern Gentian up on the tundra a couple of weeks ago. It was so pretty and delicate. They grow to about 5-6″ tall up there at the higher elevations and stand very erect, nestled in the grasses. The barrel-shaped flowers are upright and about 1″ long with 4-5 flaring, pointed lobes.

Pretty, don’t you think? Have you ever seen one?

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Love This Orange Fritillary Butterfly At Lily Lake In RMNP!

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This was such a cool photograph of an orange Fritillary butterfly at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, I just had to post it!

The second photograph is of the same butterfly but at a different angle.

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Have you ever seen one? Isn’t that a cool photograph?

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Longs Peak And The Rockies Were Spectacular In Their Sunrise Morning Glow

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This was a 30 second photo op on the way home from the gym the other day. The mountains were just spectacular in their morning sunrise glow.

I jumped out of the car and ran up to the top of Knoll-Willows and got about 6 photographs. I really liked this one of Longs Peak with its morning glow.

What do you think?

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Muskrat Family At Lily Lake In RMNP

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I’ve seen a muskrat swimming at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park a few times this summer. And then one of my friends told me that they had 3 new baby muskrats about 3 weeks ago and she watched them playing in the water.

Well, we have been back to Lily Lake many times and hunted up and down the shores for those little critters and even hung out by their “house” hoping to see them. Nada!

So, I told my friend to please bring her camera the next time she sees them and then share her photographs with me!

Here’s the one that I saw bringing some grass back to his den. Cute little guy…

 

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Gorgeous Red Indian Paintbrush Is Still Blooming In RMNP!

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I was so surprised when I took a hike last weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park and saw so much Indian Paintbrush still blooming! It almost looked like it was blooming again. We’ve had such a warm summer and very warm August into September, I wonder if the plants don’t quite know what to do.

So, I decided to post this one of many along the trail. This looks like a wildflower blooming in July, not September. I don’t remember so many wildflowers this late in the season.

Pretty, don’t you think?

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