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.
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.
What’s left of the Peter Iredale shipwreck, on the northern Oregon coast.
A coneflower swirling in the breeze.
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.
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.