Wyoming Summer

One of our family members lives in the Wyoming high country where the winters are often filled with bitter cold—50 below sometimes—and 10 to 18 feet of snow. Hard to get around in those circumstances without the aide of those who plow the roads all winter long. A tip of the hat to them!

However, the summers in these Wyoming mountains are gorgeous, short though they may be. Our family member has shared some recent photos with us and given us permission to share them with you.

On a recent drive along the highway, a waterfall was spotted. Wyoming is considered an arid state. Coming across a waterfall is a real treat.

This time of year the wildflowers are profuse. They don’t last long but you don’t have to go far to see them. The Wyoming State Flower is Indian Paintbrush and if you look closely at this photo, you will see some. Castilleja linariifolia (that’s why it’s called Indian Paintbrush) is red. Again, these are alongside the highway.

Wildlife abounds in Wyoming. It is not unusual to see antelope and deer most anywhere you go. However, few see what follows here outside of Yellowstone National Park. Yes, it is a real Grizzly Bear very close to the highway. The photo was taken from inside the vehicle. While the tourists are often, um, clueless about the wild animals, we are not. Safety first!

After having been home a day or 2, a trip to the local dump was necessary. During a brief stop along the way, this fella was spotted grazing close by. If you don’t know what it is, come to the Wyoming High Country to see and learn. We often travel from http://www.umpquahaven.com in the summer months to visit beautiful Wyoming.

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