Daily life in Colorado - Part 6

My work here in Colorado is coming to an end as my plants are producing nutlets and ready to be collected.  Technically, we will leave this coming Saturday, but we may stay for an extra couple of days to tidy up all the loose ends.


Each Mertensia flower has four ovules and thus can produce up to four nutlets per flower.

Plant-insect interactions

A bee fly (family Bombyliidae) visiting a Peavine flower (Lathyrus lanszwertii).

Aphids and ants found on Osha (Ligusticum porteri).

Close-up on the aphid-tending ants.

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)
Captured this interesting image yesterday on an Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) visiting Corydalis caseana.
Kebler Pass

Most of my work takes place at Kebler Pass.  I took these photos when I am hiking from one plant to the next.

Horseback riders.

Hill full of blue and yellow flowers.

Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)
Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)

Flowery Meadow
Mule Ears Sunflowers (Wyethia amplexicaulis)

Dark Hill, White Clouds
Thunderstorm clouds rising above a hill.

Camp life

Gothic, home for RMBL researchers
The background looks very different from the one when I first arrived at the end of May (image).

Rainy Afternoon
July is the thunderstorm month where it gets quite hot in the morning and then large dark clouds start to form in the afternoon.

Double Rainbows
A double rainbow was seen last Tuesday.  To see the larger image, click here.

Saw this adorable fawn with its parent last night.

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