Time to Hibernate for Winter

Dear Readers, The frosts have come to the Rocky Mountain National Park and the flowers are now few and far between. Therefore this blog will hibernate for the winter months, returning in the spring with the wildflowers. I hope you will return as well. Thanks for joining me this summer in my exploration of the…

It’s Raining Gold! Aspen Alert!

The Aspens have begun to turn!  If you have never seen this amazing event, buy a ticket to Colorado now. The hillsides are turning golden-yellow. Drive to any mountain town — Aspen, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Grand Lake, Estes Park, or hundreds of others — and prepare to be delighted. Walk on a trail carpeted with gold,…

The Power of Yellow

Is there any color that is happier than yellow? These Sunflowers just make me smile.  Of course, I have a life long obsession with yellow, beginning when my mom let me decorate my own room when I was 10. I picked yellow shag carpet (yes, it was the 70s), gold, green and orange striped wallpaper with yellow…

Gotcha!

I have no idea if the Night-flowering Catchfly actually catches flies. My books say it attracts moths, but apparently the guy who discovered it didn’t like “Night-flowering Catchmoth”. I do know that they close up by late morning and open again in the evening. It took me three hikes to get these pics — the first time I forgot the…

Lots-O-Flowers

These are almost too pretty to be wild. The Manyflowered Aster grows in 2-3 foot stems of 2-3 inch flowers — so heavy they bend and lay accross the ground. If you enlarge these photos you’ll see the really cool yellow petals reaching out to beg the bees and hummingbirds for a visit.    

Harvest Time

The Hollygrape looks just exactly like its name — the leaves of a holly bush and the deep purple berries that make me think of the concord grapes from those old grape juice commercials of my childhood. Hollygrape flowers are small and bright yellow and can be found on every sunny trail in RMNP. I…

A Life Lesson from the Blanket Flower

OK, I know I blogged about the Blanket Flower a few weeks ago, but I feel compelled to do it again because of this amazing photo. It shows the dichotomy of the dry dead pine needles and the stunning, colorful life that grows from them. What a wonderful contrast and a meaningful life lesson about beauty…

Giant Plant Soldiers

There are a huge bunch of Common Mullein at the East Portal trail head. They look like a bunch of trees or soldiers standing at attention up against the rocks. Until you get close and see the big yellow flowers.  

Excuse me, where’s the restroom?

Oops — look who I ran into when I was powdering my nose behind a bush last week near the Glacier Creek trail. Imagine looking up and seeing this big fella. Sorry, the photo’s not great. He got really cranky when I turned on my camera and it made a beeping noise. I thought I better take…

Royal Beauty

This little succulent always looks out-of-place in the weeds near the lakes and brooks of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s Redpod Stonecrop — but I prefer the common name Queen’s Crown. The pink top, or crown, looks a lot like clover, and sits atop a stem covered with thick spiky leaves. The male version, King’s Crown, has…