As much as the heatwave has been getting to us this summer, there have been many natural delights to balance out the equation. It has been an astonishing year for both flowers and butterflies (I suppose the two go hand-in-hand).
On a recent weekend in the Vail Valley, we were treated to a few exceptionally magical hikes on familiar trails made unfamiliar by the sheer profligacy of flora and fauna.
Q immediately set about collecting a record-setting bouquet of dandelions...
...while the rest of us danced on tiptoe to avoid crushing the multi-coloured butterflies that carpeted the trail like an animated tapestry.
What with the unusually brilliant greens of the aspen groves and underbrush, we might have stepped through the looking glass into an alternate universe - much like the one we knew, but just a bit moreso in every way.
What a wonderland our world can be!
Some days, this world can just leave you speechless.