Summer Macro in Northern Colorado Rocky Mountains

Wandering in the foothills and valleys of the Rocky Mountains in summer is a great time to go small and appreciate the bursting colors of wildflowers, busy birds and insects. They need to work fast as the growing season is short in the high country. First killing frost can come in August in some places.

With this in mind, I went to primarily to macro photography to observe the detail we don’t normally see along the trails. It always surprises me to see what shows up on the computer screen that I didn’t see at the time.

The snow lingered well into spring this year and it was exceptionally rainy. This wet and compressed season seems to have yielded a bumper crop of flowers. The following is a sampler of what I’ve seen so far..

Colorado State Flower – Colorado Blue Columbine
MacGillivray’s Warbler – hovering in the breeze before nabbing an insect
Crested Pricklypoppy
Honeybee on Thistles
Thistle blooms
Moth on Spearleaf Stonecrop
Moth on Foothills Arnica
Dragonfly as a pollinator 3 image stack
Twistspine Pricklypear flower buds
Twistspine Pricklypear bud
Twistspine Pricklypear bloom – 5 image stack
Tiny fly inside pricklypear blossom
Rydberg’s Penstemon 
Rydberg’s Penstemon – 3 image stack
Pineywoods Geranium
Moth on Common Gaillardia (Blanket Fower)
Red Ant mound

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