Categories: "Colorado" or "Boulder" or "Flatirons" or "Cache La Poudre Wilderness" or "Collegiate Peaks Wilderness" or "Holy Cross Wilderness" or "Indian Peaks Wilderness" or "Lake Isabelle" or "James Peak Wilderness" or "Lost Creek Wilderness" or "Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness" or "Mount Evans Wilderness" or "Mount Sneffels Wilderness" or "Sangre de Cristos Wilderness" or "Telluride"

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.

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