Category Archives: Estes Park News

Elk Calf With An Adult Face On The Tundra In RMNP!


Phil and I were walking along the Medicine Bow Trail when we saw a herd of female elk passing by. I saw a couple of calves, still with their white spots. But when they turned to look at me, I couldn’t believe how adult their faces looked!

Check out these two photos. Doesn’t it look like someone put an adult neck and head on these calves? Funny, huh?


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Beautiful Two-Tailed Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly On Black Canyon Trail In RMNP


This beautiful, yellow Two-Tailed Swallowtail butterfly was flitting around on Black Canyon Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. I couldn’t believe it when it actually landed on this flower and stayed long enough for me to take its photograph.

There are many different kinds of Swallowtail butterflies. The Two-tailed Swallowtail is very large at 4 1/4″ with yellow above and black borders. Its forewings have 4 narrow black stripes while its hindwings have 1 narrow black stripe. It has blue spots near the rear edge with two distinct tails. Its habitat is canyons and gardens.

Have you ever seen a Swallowtail? Pretty, don’t you think?

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Hound’s Tongue Nutlets In Estes Park And Rocky Mountain National Park


I posted a Blog about a wildflower called Hounds Tongue a couple of weeks ago and had so many people asking about its name, I thought I’d post another photograph.

In the first Blog you can see the plant with its pretty purple wildflowers growing in clumps. It was called Hounds Tongue because the “nutlets” looked and felt like a hound’s tongue.

In the past couple of weeks, the flowers have moved along the stem and grown into “nutlets” to look and feel just like a “Hound’s Tongue.”

Amazing, don’t you think?

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Pretty Spotted Saxifrage Wildflower At Lily Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park!


I had never seen a Spotted Saxifrage before I saw this one at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was up on a hill under the Ponderosa Pine trees when this little bit of color caught my eye. I went up to investigate.

What a pleasant surprise! A new wildflower!

The Spotted Saxifrage is a perennial herb usually spotted with purple, orange and/or yellow dots. This one looked almost like it had pink spots. Its 3/8″ flowers have 5 petals and grow to about 5-15 cm tall from June to August.

Have you ever seen a Spotted Saxifrage? They are so pretty and so delicate!

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There Are A Lot Of Marmots On Cub Lake Trail In RMNP!


As we were hiking out Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, we saw many cute, little Marmots. One was on the first outcropping of rocks along the trail and then there were three Marmots at the turn of the trail where we usually seen them.

This threesome looked like there was one older Marmot and two young ones. Aren’t they adorable?

Have you ever seen a Marmot on Cub Lake Trail? Have you ever seen three on one rock?


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