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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 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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Always Love The Black-Eyed Susan Wildflower In Estes Park And RMNP!

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The Black-eyed Susan has always been one of my favorite wildflowers. I remember them growing up back east. One of my best childhood friends was named “Susie” and we used to see many of them while playing at the beach. with the yellow flowers about 3″ wide. They are very distinct with their very black, large center.

They seem to have bloomed the first or sencond week of August this year. I’ve seen many along the trails and along the sides of the roads.

When they are fully bloomed you can see the yellow pollen atop the puffy, black center. I tried to take this photograph so you could see its delicacy and intricacy.

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Spectacular View Of The RMNP Mountains From Gem Lake Trail

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It was the perfect photo-op day on the Gem Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. Isn’t this one just spectacular? You can see Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak right in the center of the photograph.

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Pretty Purple Monkshood Wildflowers In Rocky Mountain National Park

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I have seen so many purple Monkshood wildflowers on the different trails in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. They are such a unique wildflower…looking just like a purple monk’s hood.

Monkshood are a tall wildflower at about 4 feet with 1″ purple flowers. They bloom from June through August so you still may be able to find some.

Have you ever seen a Monkshood? I took this photograph on the Cub Lake Trail not far from the first bridge.

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Camouflaged Common Ringlet Butterfly In RMNP

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This Common Ringlet butterfly in Rocky Mountain National Park was so camouflaged against this multi-colored rock it was very hard to see.

It blends right in with the rock’s colors, don’t you think?

 

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The Pink Queen’s Crown Wildflowers Are Spectacular Up On The Tundra In RMNP

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The pink Queen’s Crown wildflowers are just spectacular on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are so many different varieties of wildflowers this year!

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Hiking The Tundra In RMNP

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There are a few trails on the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park that we love to hike. This one, in particular, is one of our favorites. The wildflowers are spectacular!

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Gorgeous Red Indian Paintbrush Wildflowers In RMNP

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I took a little hike with my sister the other day and the wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park were just spectacular! I have never seen so many wildflowers and so many different species. Just magnificent! It must be because of all the rain that we’ve had.

This one red Indian Paintbrush was so pretty.

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