Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fern Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain Natl. Park, June 23

Ari and I hiked the Fern Lake Trail on the east side of the park, through the burned forest and to Cub Lake. The fall fire was intense; it destroyed thousands of trees and a few bridges. 

Cub Lake, filled with lily pads

 This burned bark looks like a bear cub clinging to the trunk.

Animals at Rocky Mountain National Park, June 21-25, 2013

Life Around the Yard, Baldwin City, KS

Mother rabbit

Baby purple Martins

Baby swallows--mainly unsociable

Geese and goslings

Probably a grass spider. On the lily pads

Stinkhorn Mushrooms

 These interesting fungi popped up several times late spring. While planting peppers, I found little white balls that at first I thought were old mothballs, but the orange-stalked, brown and creamy tops emerge from them. They don't last long--they wilt within a few hours. In the meantime, flies and doodlebugs seem to love the smelly topping.