Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tiny Beauty

All these photos were taken at Rocky Mountain National Park near the Visitors Center at nearly 12,000 feet.  This is well above the tree line and these tiny beauties survive in an exceptionally harsh environment.  High Alpine plants are often tiny versions of common wildflowers found in lower altitudes.  At first glance, the high tundra can seem lifeless but, clearly, it's full of life. 

We learned that walking on the tundra grasses does great damage to them.  I took all these photos from the trail rather than walk onto the delicate grasses and do any damage.  Oddly enough, the huge elk that roam the area don't seem interested in following the same rules!  

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lesser Goldfinch at Zion National Park

I'm going to post some of the bird and flower pictures I took this summer here since my husband doesn't think that everyone wants to see them all.  Whatevs . . .

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer . . .

"Summer is zipping by," said this teacher, today.

(And, by the way, don't you LOVE Someecards?)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Saw this beautiful Osprey on the Stokes Birding Blog (go see it . . . I'll wait!)

Pretty gorgeous, huh?

When we were on our long trip, we saw so many Osprey.  In particular, when we drove down the Oregon Coast, we were deluged with Osprey.  My favorite shot was this one.  It was taken from a boat at the mouth of the Rogue River in Oregon.

The Stokes caught an Osprey with a fish.  Mine has an eel!  Wish we'd been closer to it but still . . . wow, huh?