The summer flew by and is essentially at an end. So I’ve had the last week or so to gather some photos I’ve taken over the last few months I’ve spent hiking and camping in my backyard, the mountains of Utah. In this post, I’ll highlight the wildflowers and wildlife I’ve encountered.
Utah is a great place to see nature at its best. And although it seemed the wildflower season was shorter this year than last, Utah’s Wasatch Mountains is among the best places I know to enjoy them. The mountainsides bloom in colorful arrays of wildflowers in July into August. Depending on the year, this can last for several weeks. While I only like to take pictures of them, I have to share these fields with the wildlife who graze here. But I’m not complaining.
Encountering wildlife in the mountains is nothing out of the ordinary. In the Wasatch, you’ll likely see a lot of deer and probably some moose if you’re lucky. And in the highest peaks, you may see some mountain goats. This is among the many other animals and birds that call these mountains home. So with that, it is important to be mindful and respectful towards these animals and not do anything that could get you hurt. Bottom line…don’t get too close, don’t harass them, don’t startle them, make sure to leave them a path to get away from you if they so choose, and never get between a parent and its child. (note: these photos were taken with a telephoto lens from a safe distance.)
So while the summer has come to an end, I am already excited to plan some neat places to see next year. But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy another beautiful season right on our doorstep, fall.