Starting to see more flowers in the area as Spring progresses.
Here is a close up macro of the same flower. I think it is of the "pasque" flower species.
Another single one standing alone out in the sun. Make sure to click on it to get the full effect : )
Came over a rise and almost walked into a small herd of deer.
This one thinks something is "not quite right" about me, but decides not to spook.
She is calm enough to go ahead and settle down for a nice rest.
I must have moved, or she caught my scent, because her attention is back on me again.
Now I've done it : ) Both of them are checking me out.
I tried walking up on the other two and almost walked right into this one.
Should I be concerned? I think this deer sees the other deer are in a "poised to run" mode, so it's checking out the area for a potential threat.
The deer begins to move towards the other two.
Now it knows something is not right. If you click on the picture to full size, you will see why they are called "mule" deer. The ears are very large.
What do you say, guys? Time to move?
Yep. Time to move.
As they started to move off, other deer that had been in the area joined the group. Eventually, I think I saw at least a dozen deer all moving off together.
On my hike above the North Platte River, CO. April 23, 2006.
I finally got enough elevation that the view back up the North Platte River was very pretty.
So, this is looking in the other direction. Down the North Platte River which at this point is almost directly north. Pretty much everything you see in the photo is in the official Platte River Wilderness Area.
This is looking east across the North Platte. Much of that is the Medicine Bow National Forest.
Here I am taking a much deserved break. Pretty nice weather for April : )
Spotted some cactus blooms on the way down.
Here we go. They were very pretty. Although, not something that you would want to try and pick.
Some plants and flowers go almost unnoticed due to their small size.
But, the closer you look, the more you see their quite beauty.
The full macro is quite nice.
Here it looks as if the cactus is "daring" someone to try and pick the flower. Pretty well guarded, I'd say.