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Monthly Archives: July 2015

San Juan Mountain Wildflowers July 04, 2015

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I went out exploring this 4th of July weekend and found plenty of wildflowers at the 10k or less elevation but very few paintbrush mature yet. Several clumps of Columbine could be seen along Molas and Coal Bank Pass but only in the sunny south facing slopes. As stated earlier, the late snows have delayed the peak in most areas at the higher altitudes.  The mountains are absolutely gorgeous right now, more lush than I have ever seen them in July. There are flowers out that I have never seen before in places that usually have very few if any. We are definitely witnessing an historical event when compared to similar years the past decade or so.

Since I found most of the paintbrush buds just developing at the lower elevations, I felt reluctant to search above timberline especially since there was still so much snow.  Regardless I couldn’t resist checking out one of my favorite locations just north of Silverton, CO. Surprisingly, despite the heavy snow still clinging to the ground, I ran into a beautiful carpet of many different species in full bloom. All the flowers were on the south side of the slopes with little if any on the north face as my picture illustrates.
This means that we are going to have another wildflower bloom later this month or even into August when the snows finally melt.

The stream shot was taken with  my Canon 16-35  F-4L at f/11, 1.3 sec, ISO 100 at  approx.  8:30 pm.  The paintbrush was taken with my Canon F-4L 24-70, 1/160 sec,  f/11 at ISO 200.  Camera – 6D.

Hope you all had a great 4th weekend!