John and Diana are traveling around the country with a 37-foot RV and an 18-year-old cat. This is their story.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Flowers and Wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear with me on this, I was not going to bother with the plants and animals we saw on our hike Monday. But I imagine you all know me by now, I cannot pass up taking pictures of them. Saw some Indian paintbrush and also aven (yellow flower in picture above). I learned at the Alpine Center that aven are pollinated by flies, and I did see some flies on these flowers. The flower lies open for easy access.
There was a fair amount of forest diversity on our hike- from dry rocky slopes to to moist areas along streams. Only in one area did we find ferns. and a one lone pink pipsissewa. I am starting to learn the Colorado wildflowers!
A couple of different jays were flitting about, a gray and a stellar jay (pictured above). And, lastly there were quite a few chipmunks. One kept running ahead of us and when he stopped to munch he seemed totally oblivious to our presence or that I was taking his picture. His cheeks are full!