Not much snow here in Longmont, Colorado in early January, but the air is rather chilly. I don't know how cold it was during the night, but at 8 AM, with bright sunshine, the temperature is only -23 deg C (-10 deg F)... brrrr.
Too chilly here. So, I'm going to head somewhere warmer for a while.
Off to Puerto Morelos, Mexico for a couple of weeks. View from my hotel room balcony:
Fantastic shapes in Kasha-Katuwe (Tent Rocks) National Monument, near Santa Fe, New Mexico:
Hmmm.... not much going on in April in Colorado. A few wildflowers are emerging:
Heading to the magnificent red rock of Moab, Utah.
This is Delicate Arch, a 20 m (65 ft) sandstone arch, with the snow capped La Sal Mountains in the background:
A very content butterfly:
Blue Heron looking for a snack:
I can't help it... these Penstemons look like a couple of odd creatures with eyeballs on stalks, and white tongues:
A few June wildflowers in Colorado:
Big Horn Sheep contentedly sunning themselves at an altitude of 3700 m (12,100 ft) along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park:
And this is the magnificent view that the Big Horn Sheep are looking out across:
North Saint Vrain creek filled with snow-melt runoff, as well as some left-over bits of trees large and small, in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park in mid-June:
Beautiful Fairy Slipper Orchids along the Ouzel Falls trail in Rocky Mountain National Park... surprising treats hidden in the shade of the forest:
Also along the Ouzel Falls trail in Rocky Mountain National Park were these tiny Spotted Coral-Root Orchids, nearly hidden in deep shade under the evergreen trees.... magnificent little flowers on dead-looking brown stalks. These tiny flowers are only about 3 mm (1/8 inch) across the spotted white tongue:
And shortly after that lovely encounter, a passing rain shower produced this exquisite (and faintly double) rainbow:
A lot of rain this summer in Colorado. Not so much fun for hiking, but the plentiful wildflowers are a delightful treat.
On the way homeward after a hike.... beautiful double rainbow sweeping through the dark sky:
Native American cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park:
About 30 Turkey Vultures roosting in a tree, near one of the cliff dwellings. Apparently very social critters::
This is an odd sign... if we're supposed to overlook something, why would they point at it with a sign? Gees, if I wanted to keep someone from looking at something, I surely would not put up a sign!
Oh, the Blue Columbine flowers are so magnificent:
This pesky Marmot was chirping loudly at anything and everything along the Fourth of July hiking trail, near Nederland, Colorado. This large rodent, a relative of squirrels, was perhaps about 1/2 m (20 inches) tall:
Hummingbird Moth having dinner from some lovely Larkspur along the Fourth of July trail:
An ever-curious (and apparently ever-hungry) Chipmunk munching on a grape (a snack from my hiking pack), near Lake Isabelle in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, near Ward, Colorado:
Beautiful Blue Columbine flowers near Lake Isabelle:
A splendid field of wildflowers on the south side of Long Lake, in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, near Ward, Colorado:
A beautiful bouquet of Indian Paintbrush flowers, along Long Lake:
Elephant Head flowers ( I wonder why they chose that name) along Long Lake:
Tiny Wood Nymph flower, near Long Lake. This shy little flower is about 12mm (half inch) across, and hangs with the flower "face" pointed toward the ground:
A very unusual wildflower called Spotted Touch-Me-Not (or Spotted Jewelweed) discovered along a creek in north Boulder, Colorado. The 25mm (1 inch) long tubular orange flower (with a cute little curvy little tail) hangs beneath the leaves of the plant:
A wild Turkey meandering through the woods, along the Green Mountain hiking trail, near Boulder, Colorado:
Lovely Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park:
Beautiful autumn day, brilliant blue sky and the leaves are just beginning to change color. The view out my kitchen window:
Spectacular sunset, with mammatus clouds appearing beneath a mountain wave cloud:
This pesky coyote just kept standing in the middle of the hiking trail. He was so unconcerned about humans approaching that I wondered if he might be rabid, but after I did some yelling and arm waving, he finally made a leisurely retreat into the nearby brush: