I took a hike to one of my favorite alpine tundra areas. The area doesn’t have an official name, but it is within the boundaries of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. Looking east from this unnamed 12,000 foot mountain top, the smoke from the wildfires in western Nebraska helps to differentiate the different layers of the mountain view. Normally it’s just a mass of forest and one ridge is difficult to discern from another.
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In the mountains, the season is transitioning from summer to fall. The aspen leaves in some areas are already in full autumn colors. It seems a week or two early. Many of the small plants in the tundra are turning rust color as well.
They grow up so fast!
Baby broad-tailed hummingbird
Hummingbirds seem to do everything fast, including growing up. It was just a week ago, this bird was nothing but matted feathers. I suspect she’ll be ready to leave the nest in a few days.
It’s not a very good photo, but it shows us 11 days later what was under the mother hummingbird.
Baby Broad-tailed Hummingbird
It’s hard to figure out what you’re looking at. It’s fuzzy stuff with a beak sticking up at one end. The bird’s eyed were tightly closed. Its chin is resting on the left nest edge; its tail is resting on the right nest edge.
It was raining and the light levels were low. The quality of the photo isn’t good. Because the camera was getting soaked and the baby was shivering, I decided not to spend more time getting a better photo, and allow mama to return who was waiting nearby.
Other posts in this series: Part 1, Part 3.