01 Oct 14. Conversing with the native residents who live here year round I've heard over and over again how unusually wet this year has been and how it is responsible for the wonderful colors displayed by all the ground cover. If the last four days is any indication of the weather this past summer, it must have been something of a record setter. The weather today was cold, in the mid 40s, winds into the 20 mph range, wet, with the humidity hovering in the low 90%. Not a nice day for outside work, so we spent time in town ans well as just hanging out in the condo reading, especially material dealing with the area. More about the reading in another missive. On Saturday we made a trip to Bozeman which I should have cancelled and just shot as the afternoon light was simply beautiful. We didn't, and so Sunday I went out hoping for another day of similar light. It didn't happen and although the light was nice, it didn't hold a candle to what I had available on Saturday. Still, it offered an opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful colors of what I'm calling ground cover even though strictly speaking it is not what one would normally think of when using that term. I call it such as it relatively low in stature and provides for some lovely viewing. As far as I understand, - much to learn in this area, - it is comprised of small willows and other small shrubs and lots of sage brush. This was taken along HWY-191 where it exits the far NW edge of the park in moderately overcast afternoon light. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /10.