Day in the High Country

The mountain treeline is my favorite place to be on a hot summer day. Temperatures are at least 15 degrees cooler up  there and any reprieve from the high nineties is welcome.

I had plans to hike a trail to a destination, but once I got there I just wanted to wander across the open expanses at my own pace. So wander we did, with ample breaks to simply sit and enjoy.

The high parks of the Bighorn Mountains offer stunning vistas. It was a little hazy on this day, but on a clear day you can see clear across the Bighorn Basin to the Absaroka Range a hundred miles away.
The wildflower blooms are compressed into a short time frame at these elevations, providing a mix of blooms for native pollinators.
Eriogonum umbellatum is one of my favorite native flowers. They thrive on the rockiest, poorest soils, putting on a marvelous display of delicate toughness.
Just another beauty along the way.
I find butterflies surprisingly hard to photograph. They flit away if I get too close, so I had to resort to a zoom lens.
More pollinators.
Smart dogs know how to grab every chance for a nap in the shade.
wyoming high country
The end of a really nice day.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. BigSkyKen says:

    Nice captures of that beautiful landscape, Karen!

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