Somewhere on top of the world

The record snowfall this winter has made access to the high country here in the San Juan Mountains rather difficult this summer.

I was finally able to break free from the snow and participate in a rare event where the grip of winter starts to give way to the summer flowers.  
Where ever a patch of alpine tundra was exposed, wildflowers are already well on their way towards taking this beautiful land over.

It looks more like Alaska up there than Colorado.  The snow fields are massive, interspersed with south facing open fields already teaming with life.  I was blessed to witness this with the added bonus of a gorgeous sunset that kept on giving. A half hour after sunset it actually became brighter with the red luminous light saturating the snow reflecting off the intense red clouds.

Looks like we are off to a great start this season…

 

Lone Elk Needles Sunset

 

 

 

Spring is here with the snow quickly  receding leaving behind beautiful lush green grass for the Elk and other animals to feast on.  This is definitely Elk heaven this time of year.

I was fortunate to catch her with such a dramatic backdrop…

 I caught up to another herd on a different evening feeding and just laying around in the brightest green grass I’ve ever witnessed. Refreshing!

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Needles Belt of Venus #2

 

 

I spent a lot of time around the Needle Mountains in San Juan’s of Southwest Colorado this winter as I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture the record snowfall we had this season. This is a second part of a series featuring the belt of venus. This one is similar to the first but includes cloud cover providing a nice perspective.

As I say so long to winter for now, I hope this picture will be a good reminder of what’s to come again, probably sooner than we think… 

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