The flowers are pretty much done in Rocky Mountain National Park, so I think this will be my last post for 2016. But the Aspens are at their peak and are simply magnificent this year. Enjoy and come back next year!
I am such a nerd … My quest to find all 30 orchids found in Colorado made a significant step forward today. I found a Tall White Northern Bog Orchid. Actually, I found a whole bunch of them on the Poudre River trail. I continue to be amazed that orchids grow in the dry mountains.
I get so excited when I find a flower I haven’t seen before. These little 1″ pink flowers are low to the ground and easy to miss. They are called Alpine Lewisia. I found them on the Poudre River Trail — one of best wildflower hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park right now.
I’ve never seen Rosy Paintbrush like this … It’s plump! And it is such a rich pink. Mixed in with Elephant Heads it was really something.
What an amazing day! On the Poudre River Trail, I found meadows full of Elephantella (also known as Elephant Head). Look carefully at the flower — and you’ll understand the name. The Elephantella was mixed in with Rosy Paintbrush for a gorgeous mix of pink and purple. Wow!
Like clover on steroids .. found at Ypsilon Lake.
Can you see the little elephant heads? Cool, huh. Found these on Old Fall River Road mile 8.
These gorgeous big bushes look like roses but are really raspberries. These were on the Hollowell trail … bet it will be full of bears in a few weeks when these turn to berries.