High up in the San Juans, in southwest Colorado, there is a little mountain town called Ouray. It is named after the Ute Indian chief that the U.S. Government chose to represent all of the Ute chiefs in their three separate treaty negotiations. Ouray was chosen because he spoke English. (He was trilingual, having also learned Spanish as he was growing up on a pueblo in Taos, New Mexico.)
The town of Ouray is one of our favorite places. There is a quality to the light and the air there that is magical. Having traveled there earlier in the year in search of honey bees in the high mountain meadows, I took this trip to search for native pollinators right in town. The photos below are some highlights.