|The La Sals|
|Looking down at the red rocks of canyonlands|
|North-facing slopes are still patchy even this low.|
I love finding groves of Douglas-firs too. There is just a narrow range that they are found in the La Sals now. But I like to think about how they were everywhere here during the Ice Age, when the giant camels, ground sloths, and mammoths were roaming around southeast Utah.
Butterflies are everywhere! It seems like hundreds are darting about. I stop and gaze. How mesmerizing to see so many! It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
|Flocks of painted ladies|
|The only checkered whites that slowed down enough to photograph were the ones that were otherwise engaged.|
|Delighted to find a new trail|
|Until I get up above 8500 feet and the trail disappears under the snow and I can’t tell where to look. Just another reason to come back later!|
|A sweet spot.|
|Simpson's hedgehog cactus, which is only found at higher elevations|
|Larkspur, one of the few flowers out this early.|