Day in the High Country

The mountain treeline is my favorite place to be on a hot summer day. Temperatures are at least 15 degrees cooler up  there and any reprieve from the high nineties is welcome.

I had plans to hike a trail to a destination, but once I got there I just wanted to wander across the open expanses at my own pace. So wander we did, with ample breaks to simply sit and enjoy.

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The high parks of the Bighorn Mountains offer stunning vistas. It was a little hazy on this day, but on a clear day you can see clear across the Bighorn Basin to the Absaroka Range a hundred miles away.
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The wildflower blooms are compressed into a short time frame at these elevations, providing a mix of blooms for native pollinators.
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Eriogonum umbellatum is one of my favorite native flowers. They thrive on the rockiest, poorest soils, putting on a marvelous display of delicate toughness.
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Just another beauty along the way.
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I find butterflies surprisingly hard to photograph. They flit away if I get too close, so I had to resort to a zoom lens.
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More pollinators.
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Smart dogs know how to grab every chance for a nap in the shade.
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The end of a really nice day.

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