1600 mnm, Fruita district Capitol Reef
I think this lizard blends in remarkably well with it's habitat
Seen while hiking in Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park.
I did not linger to make a good ID, I think this is a Penstemon but I am unsure of the species.
Seen while hiking through Cohab canyon, capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Lone Juniper on Wingate Sandstone
Juniperus osteosperma (Utah juniper)
Hiking up Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park.
Castilleja (To be Identified)
Castilleja seen while walking through Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Castilleja linariifolia seen while walking through Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Thatching Ant Mound - the ants add and remove sticks and grass to maintain internal thermal regulation
Seen on the slickrock near the rim overlook, Capitol Reef National Park..
This may be a Formica obscuripes Thatching Ant mound. I have seen this same mound over in the Yakima area on Umtanum Ridge.
A short video www.flickr.com/photos/brewbooks/4849481045/ I took, really shows how active these are. These ants have a distinctive body, half red, half black.
Fairly common in early spring in northern Utah farmlands. I surprised to see this species on a hike in an arid part of Capitol Reef NP. However, this individual fly-catching in an orchard near the Fremont River.