As I mentioned in my last post, Kim and I snuck away for a short vacation in the mountains last week. It was a great trip, but now I’m catching up on all the work that was waiting for me when I got home. Since I’m a little pressed for time, I figured I’d just share a bunch more vacation photos instead of writing a long pithy post on prairie ecology.
When I go to the mountains, I usually try to get up above tree line as much as possible. Hiking trails that just pass through dense stands of evergreens doesn’t do much for me. I want to feel the big open space that I like so much about prairies.
However, I found this year that my objection to hiking wooded trails doesn’t apply to autumn hikes through stands of quaking aspen. WOW, that’s a great experience. Of course, I still enjoyed getting up and out of the trees too, but since we were too late for most wildflowers, the aspen provided a lot of the color in the landscape. Kim and I are already planning our return visit next fall.
I hope you enjoy these photos. I’ll try to get back to prairie photos and topics for my next post.