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..