I saw two of these within six feet of each other and never ran into any again.  Strikingly pretty.  Orchid like?


Leaving yet another overnight campground.  I really like and enjoy Forest Service campgrounds like this one.  $18 a night unless you're a senior then 1/2 that.  I love my "Golden Age Pass" for the deep discount (50% off on all national parks) it gives.


A very common display of these at the altitudes I was tripping through.  7000' plus.




I was out laying in a field of Daisies, when a bear came along and asked, "Why are you laying on the Daisies I'm about to eat?"  "Pardon me." I said, and moved away from his dinner.  That's a rock in the shot, not a bear.  lol  Just joshing with ya.


A Colorado alpine lake, after a short one mile hike.  I don't usually photograph landscapes but the different shades of green attracted me to taking a shot.  True to Colorado, a lot of Aspen present showing off their brand new Spring coat.
 

This Woodpecker had a forest full of cousins.  Fun to watch, difficult to photograph.  My birding book says this is a "Three Toed Woodpecker" Picoides dorsalis.  However, it further states that this is a rare and difficult to find species which is the opposite of what I observed.  This forest area was crowded with them.


Quoth the Common Raven Corvus corax, "Never more."  I shot this more for the branch pattern then the bird perching on it.  He didn't charge me for posing though, so that's a good thing.


Indian Paint Brush?  Not likely.  Looks more like Wavy Leaf Paintbrush to me.


Oxeye Daisy


Some kind of Aster?  Sure is pretty.


A Sego Lily.  Not as pretty as the Mariposa Lily like we have in California, but more plentiful.




A Thistle flower.  I have never seen an all white Thistle flower before.  Maybe it's an Albino.


Like I said, very plentiful and entertaining.


Chimney Rock, the site of a huge Pueblo ruins, an Indian Ghost Town so to speak.  This site was abandoned sometime in the 1400s. close too when Columbus talked the Queen of Spain into financing his exploratory travels.  The information placards say it was a mystery why the Indians abandoned this site, deepened by the intentional burning of their domiciles.  However, Indians back then were notorious to move when ever the food and game were depleted and the potties were overflowing.  Additionally interesting about this site, is the Sun rising between these two rock spheres, marked the Equinox as noted by a structure placed in the path of light, which was purposely done to mark the beginning and end of the growing season, known as the Equinox to us.

         

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