From our campground, you could reach a trail on foot that explained in detail about the flowers and plants found at Mesa Verde.
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariaefolia)
a thistle - Mesa Verde has problems with the Musk Thistle as an invading species, but this is a native one
a Lupine (Lupinus caudatus)
can you find the grasshopper (click the photo for a larger view)?
here it is, superbly camouflaged against the pebbles (if you draw a straight line from the lower left to the upper right of the first photo, you will find the grasshopper)
this butterfly seems to have had a close encounter with a bird, from the state of tis wings
robber flies, making more robber flies
no idea what fly species, but I like the pattern of its wings
Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods