Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Rocky mountain ponderosa pine can be found at elevations ranging from 5,000 and 9,000 feet. It can grow to be between 15 and 45 meters (150 feet) tall, 400 years old, and have seed cones 7.0 cm in length; which are the biggest seed cones in Colorado. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)”


Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)

Colorado is home to the rocky mountain juniper, which can be found in the Montane ecosystem and at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 9,000 feet. It is typically found on rocky ridges and bluffs. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum)”

Elk – Wapiti (Cervus canadensis) – Pictures from Estes Park, Colorado

Elk (a.k.a., wapiti) are a species of deer and one of the largest mammals in North America. Elk spend most of the year in the sub-alpine life zone, between 10,000 and 11,500 feet in elevation. Continue reading “Elk – Wapiti (Cervus canadensis) – Pictures from Estes Park, Colorado”

Western Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron Rydbergii)

Colorado trail heads often warn about western poison ivy being near the trail and especially near moist river banks. It is a perennial shrub in the Cashew family that typically has almond shape leaves, red veins, and yellowish-white berries. Continue reading “Western Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron Rydbergii)”