Whimsy & Wilderness

A Colorado Adventure Blog

Madame Butterfly

Last weekend I found out from a coworker the Butterfly Pavilion opens an hour early for photographers the first Sat of every month. Having never been I thought it would be a great experience to take some photos. They suggest you bring a tripod, which I did, but actually ended up not using it. It was an early start to a Saturday (7:45 a.m.), but once I was there was happy I made the effort to go. It was the most serene and lovely morning hanging out in the humid, misty room among all these beautiful creatures. At first my lens fogged having yet to get acclimated to the humidity, but once it was ready I had no trouble finding them wings open and ready to be photographed. The hour went by quickly and before I knew it my memory card was full. I highly recommend checking it out, truly a great experience. Below are all of my fave photos from the day, enjoy!

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Falling: An Autumn Tale

This post is long over due, but I can't help but still gush over the gorgeous golden aspens. Fall is truly my favorite time of year and there's nothing quite like it here in Colorado. I took a quick trip to Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden, as it was the closest and not as busy as some of the more popular areas. It did not disappoint. However, I ended up hiking eight miles instead of three, and forgetting to bring my water. Luckily I made friends with a group and they shared their supply. If you are in the Denver area this is a great place to visit as you panoramic views of 14ers from the Black Bear Trail, which also happens to be in the most difficult in the park. If you are a beginner there are plenty of trails in the park to choose from and I highly recommend checking it out. 

Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

To celebrate the National Park Service turning 100 all national parks were free the weekend of Aug 27th. My friend and I have always wanted to check out Rocky Mountain National Park and thought this was the perfect time to visit. Our goal was to check out Bear Lake, but after finding the lot full we took Trail Ridge Rd until we found a place we wanted to stop. Sprague Lake seemed like a good idea and turned out to be great as we saw our first moose! The lake is short, less than a mile around, but offers pretty views. After a quick walk we headed into down town Estes Park to check out the shops. If we had time we would have toured the Stanley Hotel, which I recommend seeing. To learn more about this trail click here.  

One of the scenic stops along Trail Ridge Road. 

One of the scenic stops along Trail Ridge Road. 

This little guy wanted all of our snacks. Sorry, but we can't feed you. 

This little guy wanted all of our snacks. Sorry, but we can't feed you. 

Friendship 

Friendship 

Sprague Lake offers great reflections. 

Sprague Lake offers great reflections. 

The first time I've ever seen a moose in the wild. The ranger thought he was about five years old.

The first time I've ever seen a moose in the wild. The ranger thought he was about five years old.

Sprague Lake 

Sprague Lake