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Finally, the wildflowers are starting to come out in the high Alpine…

More impressive and even shocking was the amount of damage causes by all the snowslides this winter… Some forested areas literally looked like a volcano errupted leveling many section of forest leaving behind large fir and aspen trees snapped at their base…. I have never seen anything like it….

Due to the unusually heavy snowfall this winter and cool spring and summer the wildflowers are behind this year… Just recently, I was able to finally find a small patch at the 12.5k elevation.

It should be another three weeks before the wildflowers reach there peak…

San Juan Mountains July 15 first wildflowers

Lupine Encore…

With all the snow still up in the high country, The mid Level Lupines are saving the day as the Alpine wildflowers have yet to come out this year…

I’ve never seen so much snow and the season so far behind on the 4th of July…

San Juan Mountains July 2019
Ophir Pass Snow tunnels July 2019
Ophir Pass Pano sunset July 2019
Ophir Pass Red Mountain Cross
Lupine sunset
Lupine Sunset 2

Lupines are back…

After a record breaking snowpack this winter with a very cool spring/early summer the snow has finally begun to recede leaving behind plenty of moisture for the wildflowers such as Lupines to take hold… The high alpine is still covered in snow which will probably set the peak wildflower season up there well into August…

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