A prairie-friendly combination of a few weeks of seasonally warm weather after a cool, wet June have pushed dozens of species of flowers into bloom. This week, midsummer blossoms are showing their colors through the grasses. Scurfpea, Sego Lilies, and Western Wallflower have all been spotted in the grass, as has been the more subtle Downy Paintbrush and Prickly Pear flowers. A crop of showy purple Rocky Mountain Bee Plant has sprouted in the piles of manure-compost near the barn (thanks to Mane and Sidesocks!). Animal-wise, several visitors have sighted a fox den near the prairie dog town, so we’ll see what sort of excitement happens there. And the evening thunderstorms lately have produced some pretty amazing sunsets, with many of the storms hanging East toward Billings and their clouds perfectly positioned for the sun on the Western horizon. Quite a show.