Bluebirds frequent the Colorado high country every summer. They add a brilliant flash of color as they flit about the meadows and open spaces. Many bird-lovers situate bluebird boxes on fence posts and trees lining pastures and roadways. The bluebirds earn their keep by catching insects by the hundreds. In raising their young, bluebirds are busy most of the daylight hours ferrying food to their hungry babies. I was fortunate to find a bluebird nest in an unusual place – a hole in the side of the Trail River Ranch barn located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The bluebirds were surprisingly tolerant of my presence. I set up my long lens at about 50 feet away, put a pad down to keep my fanny from getting wet from the grass, and waited for whatever came along. I wasn’t disappointed! Every several minutes, one or the other parent showed up with a meal in hand (so to speak) and dashed into the nest to deliver the goods. Almost immediately, away they went to find more food. The afternoon sun cast a warm glow on the western side of the barn where the nest was located, and the rich color of the wood made a wonderful contrast with the blue of the bird’s feathers. The weathered texture of the barn exterior gave a charming western flavor to the environment. This small collection of photographs show the bluebirds in their busy afternoon. My favorite is the one showing the bluebird in profile at the nest, insect in the ready for delivery, looking back at the camera. You can almost tell he’s bragging about his trophy – bringing home the bacon, so to speak! I also like the photo of the bluebird peeking out of the nest, ready to dash off for another mouthful.