This “Big Guy” was about 5 feet from the trail at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park. He looked at me and I looked at him, clicked a few photographs and left him alone to rest. He must be exhausted from the rut!
The buses were loaded and the chairs were full as everyone made their way to Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park for the kick-off celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the park. It was a great time!
Cowboy Brad introduced his new Centennial song for Rocky Mountain National Park which was a big hit and the first time he ever sang it in public. There were speeches by some of the dignitaries as well as the park superintendent, Vaughn Baker. Kurtis Kelly did a great rendition of Enos Mills, the founder of Rocky Mountain National Park. But I think the students from Eagle Rock School in Estes Park who have been working for the park all summer stole the show. They each talked about their summer duties in RMNP and how much it meant to them. They each ended with telling us their name, where they were from and stated, “I am your future.” What a show!
There were cookies with “100” written on top and a whole shop of all the commissioned 100th Anniversary products. It was really cool to see my RMNP Centennial Logo cards there. What an honor to be chosen to make something that will be sold for the next year with their logo on it!
What a great time and a great kick-off party! Happy 100 years, Rocky Mountain National Park! We look forward to all the festivities in the coming year!
I was chasing this white butterfly at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park the other day when it finally landed on a wildflower. I clicked away, thinking it was just another white butterfly. Was I wrong!
This is an Olympia Marblewing butterfly with yellow-green marbling in discrete patterns. It is about 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ and loves the open woods and meadows. It was just beautiful!
Its tiny head looks like a little puff ball…almost a light lavender in color.
Have you ever seen an Olympia Marblewing butterfly? Pretty, don’t you think?