I was hiking in Horsetooth State Park, west of Fort Collins recently. Along the trail, I noticed the rabbitbrush was in full bloom. This bush can reach shoulder high, and at full bloom, is covered with yellow flowers. The flowers were attracting lots of butterflies and bees, and I stopped my hike to photograph them. The first image is a bumblebee busily doing his thing on a stalk of rabbitbrush flowers. He didn’t pay too much attention to me, and I stayed a safe distance away from him!
The flowers also attracted some beautiful butterflies. I chased the largest ones for quite some time, trying to get a good photograph. I took lots of pictures, and, as usual, only a couple of them came out to my liking. The other photo below is of a Painted Lady butterfly, which I identified after talking to another nature-lover in the area and conducting an on-line search of butterfly images.