Sunday, June 03, 2007

Bighorn and Beartooth Mountains

Over the past month I have spent several days each week in Cody and other cities around the area. I have taken quite a few pictures and decided to share some of the good ones. The drive to the area is very beautiful. It begins in rolling green hills, goes through the alpine slopes of the Big Horn mountans, down through the desert, and ends at the foot of the Beartooth mountains. The contrasting landscapes are spectacular.

The following are some pictures from the trips. The first ones are from the Bighorn Mountains West Of Buffalo. On one trip it was snowing. On another it was clear and beautiful. There is something I enjoy about rain and snow in the mountains.

The road begins to descend the west slope of the Big Horn mountains.
Looking east back up the mountains. The last five miles of the road descent steeply joining the fast running Tensleep Creek.
This is the final view before exiting the canyon.


Just West of Cody is Shoshone National Forest. The highway follows the Shoshone River to within a couple miles of Yellowstone. It is a beautiful area with only one drawback, the highway. Highways like this are troublesome. Without them the area would undoubtly be better, but then the majority of people, including myself, would never encounter the area. Overall I am glad to be able to experience the area.

This is known as the Holy City. It reminded early settlers of Jerusalem.
Just a small cabin off the highway. All the land after Wapiti is National Forest so no new development is allowed in the canyon. Most properties are passed from parents to children.
I still can't decide which picture I like better. The wide view or the long one.
I thought I would take some pictures for mom of all the wild flowers I encountered. There is a prize waiting for the person who can correctly name all the flowers.
Finally I thought that a picture of main street in Cody would be nice. It is a lovely little town.


Blogger Jon said...

I'm gonna win that prize....I'll post the answers in a minute.

The pictures are really nice....Shoshone National Forest looks beautiful.


12:21 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Here they are in order:

1 -- Woodland Sunflower

2 -- XX

3 -- Mountain Harebell or Harebell

4 --4 XX

5 -- Alpine Forget-me-not

6 -- Viper's Bugloss

I'll fill the rest in later.


12:41 PM  
Blogger Katherine and Rick said...

That area looks beautiful. I can't wait to come visit.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Bertha said...

Wow that looks super cool! It looks like a good place for an adventure. You are a good photographer!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Laurissa said...

Wow, you're lucky to live near such a beautiful place. I wish I knew the wildflowers, but it looks like Jon's already done a good job of that.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Dear Greg,

1. Mules Ear, I'l have to go back and do the rest, there is a heart leaf campanula--the harebell, forget-me-nots, I want to say 2 is a cranebill but I need to look them up.

I think it will be sootihing to hike and leave in Cody.


10:49 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Here is my second try on the flowers

1.Heart-leaf Arnica
3. campanula rotundifolia-Harebell
4.Mountain bluebell
5. white phlox--maybe tufted white phlox
6. Alpine forget-me-not
7. dwarf Waterleaf

Have a good move

11:17 AM  

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