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Ferns Everywhere

Ferns Everywhere

I was totally blown away by the profusion of ferns in the Pacific Northwest — we just don’t see ferns like this in the desert Southwest. This photo, taken at Ecola State Park in Oregon, shows ferns growing not only out of the ground but from two of the tree’s limbs as well.


American Lady Butterfly

American Lady Butterfly

It looks a lot like a Painted Lady but it’s smaller and has those four shimmery blue dots on each wing. I haven’t seen them in the Sandia mountains before this summer.


Remains of the Peter Iredale

Remains of the Peter Iredale

What’s left of the Peter Iredale shipwreck, on the northern Oregon coast.


Jemez Coneflower

Coneflower

A coneflower swirling in the breeze.


Butterfly on Clover

Greenish Blue Butterfly on pink clover

I won’t absolutely swear to it but I believe this butterfly is called a Greenish Blue.It is definitely a blue of one kind or another.


Purple Aster and Bee

Purple Aster and Bee

A honey bee smack in the middle of a purple aster (or is it a daisy?). I love the way its wings are so iridescent.


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