Archives for: July 2007

White Columbine

July 29, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, Holy Cross Wilderness

Sarah

July 29, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, Holy Cross Wilderness

Indian Paintbrush

July 28, 2007



 
Infrared; the petals are pink.
 

Categories: Colorado, Holy Cross Wilderness

Spreading Globe Flower

July 28, 2007



 
Negative infrared at night.
 

Categories: Colorado, Holy Cross Wilderness

Missouri Lakes

July 28, 2007



 
The Missouri Lakes might be the most popular area for backpackers in the Holy Cross Wilderness. That said, the area is rather large and we found a private, beautiful site easily. The site was at 11,500 feet.
 

Categories: Colorado, Holy Cross Wilderness

Missouri Lakes Trail

July 28, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, Holy Cross Wilderness

Monarch Lake

July 21, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Waterdrops

July 21, 2007



 
We were planning on backpacking to the Buchanan Pass area for the night, up to tree line from the western boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. After 3 miles we stopped for rain and waited as lightning hit the surrounding peaks. The storm lasted 3 hours before we turned around and hiked out. There wasn't enough time left to hike to our destination and we wanted to hike through the wet forest instead of spending the remaining daylight in tents. It seemed like a good choice when we passed some firefighters on the way down.
 

Categories: Indian Peaks Wilderness, Boulder

Waterdrop

July 21, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Colored Lodgepole Pines

July 21, 2007



 
These lodgepole pines are hosts of the Mountain pine beetle. Entire forests and mountainsides in Colorado are slowly being cleared by the beetle. Even my hometown will experience its destruction within a few years. It prefers a diet of Lodgepole and Ponderosa pines. The Mountain pine beetle is a native species, and this is a natural process, so the only thing to do is enjoy the colors and be very careful with fire, gas and stoves. Campfires are already illegal during most of the backpacking season in most Colorado wilderness areas.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Moose

July 21, 2007



 
We saw this cow early in our hike. She was hiding from the morning sun and heat in a shaded, marshy valley. The sight of us didn't seem to bother her but we kept a good distance.
 

Categories: Colorado, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Fireweed Flowers

July 14, 2007



 
The roots and stem of the Fireweed are edible and provide a good source of vitamin C. I've found it throughout the Colorado Rockies and throughout the Boreal forest in places like Michigan, Minnesota and Alaska.
 

Categories: Colorado, National Parks, Rocky Mountain N.P.

Castilleja Rhexifolia

July 14, 2007



 
Also known as Indian Paintbrush, Prairie-fire and Owl's Clover. Castillejas are incredibly common throughout the West. There are over 200 species of them.
 

Categories: Colorado, National Parks, Rocky Mountain N.P.

The Loch

July 14, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, National Parks, Rocky Mountain N.P.

Spruce & 23rd

July 8, 2007



 

Categories: Colorado, Boulder

Beaver Pond

July 7, 2007



 
This marshy area in Voyageurs National Park is called the Beaver Pond. I spent a few hours here watching for moose in the morning. I didn't see any moose or other people, but a pheasant and I scared the living daylights out of each other.
 

Categories: National Parks, Minnesota, Voyageurs N.P.

Sunset in Orr(tucky)

July 6, 2007



 
Drunken karaoke of obscure country songs was the astonishingly loud soundtrack to this scene. Orr (henceforth: Orrtucky) gave me goosebumps.
 

Categories: Minnesota

Black Bear

July 6, 2007



 
This is Honey, a rather portly black bear at the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota.
 

Categories: Minnesota

Black Bear

July 6, 2007



 
Another shot of Honey.
 

Categories: Minnesota

Sunrise on the 4th of July

July 4, 2007



 
Following a blue heron at 5:30AM.
 

Categories: Minnesota, BWCA - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

My Campsite

July 3, 2007



 
I camped this night on the left, the peninsula of an island campsite. Throughout my trip I stayed on 3 different island campsites and 2 different land campsites. A bear visited me here around 3 AM but only stayed for a few minutes. It quickly lost interest in my bear canister and then ran away when I started talking and hammering my small shovel against my camera tripod.
 

Categories: Minnesota, BWCA - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Drifting along on Knife Lake

July 3, 2007



 
There are few things more relaxing than drifting solo through a calm wilderness at dusk in a canoe. 10 hours of paddling is past, camp is in order and clean, a hearty dinner sits heavy and a smelly sleeping bag awaits. Everything requiring thoughtful attention is past and nothing requiring effort remains. There is nothing else to do at night than canoe along the shores and in the bays, and that's just fine. I took a book, Hemingway, but it seemed like a sin.
 

Categories: Minnesota, BWCA - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Flying a Canoe

July 3, 2007



 
A canoe can easily fly if the weather is perfect. When sky and water become indistinguishable, peaceful gliding on the surface of a lake is as close to flying as any human has ever come. Look up or down and there are sparse, stringy clouds in endless blue sky. Look to the sides, front or back and there are trees in midair, harmoniously mirrored on the tops and bottoms of islands in the sky.
 

Categories: Minnesota, BWCA - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Self-Portrait

July 3, 2007



 
From my campsite on Birch Lake.
 

Categories: Minnesota, BWCA - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness