While crossing the stream bed

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The summer sun has melted the snow up high reducing the flow in this streamed to no more than a trickle. Even so, this stream bed was a place where butterflies met perhaps to get a drink of water or maybe a taste of the minerals on the rocks lining the stream bed.

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While crossing the steam we took a long break to watch the butterflies do their thing. From Fritillaries, to Admirals and Skippers the stream bed was the place to be that day for butterflies and humans alike.

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In The Willows

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You never know what you will find hidden in the willows is what this guy was probably thinking when he noticed we were peeking in from the edge of his terrain. It always amazes me just how easy a creature the size of the moose can disappear from your sight with a simple step or two into the willows. Photographed near Cottonwood pass in Colorado.

Mid-day Monochromes

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Paddling along on a warm summers day. Too late for the morning light yet too early for sunset.

The sun high overhead as Cormorants rest…

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a tree reflects…
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the Heron ponders the day.

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Paddling along with the sun high overhead we gaze into the distance and enjoy summers light on a beautiful summer day.

Orobanche uniflora

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I can’t say it better than it is stated in this NY Times article “There’s simply no way to talk about the beauty of Orobanche uniflora without raising a lot of eyebrows.”

Commonly called Naked Broomrape or sometimes Flowered Cancer Root this wonderful flower with unflattering common names was a new one to us when we came across it in meadow on a recent hike.

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It is a short leafless plant unable to photosynthsize thus gaining it’s nutrients by parasitism. Often using sedum, saxifrages and asters as a host plant. Typically growing only up to 3 inches tall we found this cluster buried deep in the grass.

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It is a beautiful little flower and very unique to say the least.

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Across open spaces

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A day spent winding your way through open spaces is indeed a day well spent. From morning encounters with resting Elk to views of the mountains beyond.

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The mid-day sun shines bright but a gentle breeze blows to cool things down.

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As mid-day passes to afternoon the clouds begin to build and signal it’s time to go down.

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend and perhaps some time in your favorite space.