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Photos from Grasslands National-Park on 2007-May25:
sign: Grasslands National Park Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Richardson ground-squirrel (Urocitellus richardsonii): Richardson ground-squirrel (Urocitellus richardsonii): White onion (Allium textile): Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? unidentified: A plant unidentified: A flower Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? unidentified: B plant unidentified: B closer unidentified: C unidentified: C Colorado rubberweed (Hymenoxys richardsonii): buds unidentified Bird (Aves sp): egg Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? unusual flower Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? unusual flower closer Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? Colorado rubberweed (Hymenoxys richardsonii): clump in bloom Two-grooved milk-vetch (Astragalus bisulcatus): White onion (Allium textile): fruit Blue bur (Lappula echinata): clump Blue bur (Lappula echinata): plant Blue bur (Lappula echinata): flower Plains prickly-pear-cactus (Opuntia polyacantha): or Pincushion cactus (Escobaria vivipara)? unusual flower location valley: from house on butte unidentified: from house on butte unidentified Bird (Aves sp): egg#2 Waxleaf penstemon (Penstemon nitidus): Small-leaf pussytoes=Low everlasting (Antennaria parvifolia): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): colony wide view Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): colony Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): threesome Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): threesome and one scampering Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus): carrying nesting material? Black-tailed prairie-dog (Cynomys ludovicianus):

-- here is more info on Black-tailed Prairie Dogs;
-- knowing nothing about cacti, I'm seeking help with identifying the cactus plants in these photos; the likeliest candidates being Opuntia polyacantha (plains prickly-pear-cactus) or Escobaria vivipara (pincushion cactus);
-- thanks to Chet Neufeld, the blue-flowered plant has been corrected from Lance-leaved lungwort=Mertensia lanceolata to Waxleaf penstemon=Penstemon nitidus; and the yellow-flowered plant from Shining arnica=Arnica fulgens to Colorado rubberweed=Hymenoxys richardsonii.

Photos from highway north of Grasslands-Park on 2007-May25:
roadkill: Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) White-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii): roadkill: Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Photos from Blumenhof-SK on 2007-May25:
sign: Blumenhof-SK Blumenhof-SK: house Blumenhof-SK: house Blumenhof-SK: shop Blumenhof-SK: building with unusual windows Blumenhof-SK: house Blumenhof-SK: general-store Blumenhof-SK: machinery Blumenhof-SK: shed Blumenhof-SK: barn Blumenhof-SK: animal-shelter? Blumenhof-SK: building Blumenhof-SK: barn Blumenhof-SK: buildings

Photos from Chortitz-SK on 2007-May25:
Chortitz-SK: barn Chortitz-SK: cemetary sign upper part Chortitz-SK: cemetary sign lower part Chortitz-SK: house-barn