Colorado Wildflowers are Blooming in the San Juans

What kind of flowers are currently blooming in the Mountains of Colorado?

Purple Fringe grows prolifically along this rocky mountain cliff.  Near Highland Mary Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness. ©Kit Frost

Purple Fringe grows prolifically along this rocky mountain cliff. Near Highland Mary Lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness. ©Kit Frost

Blue Vervain, Colorado Blue Columbine, Silvery Lupine, Orange Paintbrush, Parry’s Primrose, Elephant’s Heads, Sky Pilot, Larkspur, Dusky Beardtongue, Purple Fringe, Fairy Trumpet, to name a few; the wildflower bloom is ON in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Above 12,000 feet we hiked alongside fields of Alpine Phlox, Dwarf Clover, Rosy and Sulphur Paintbrush, Old Man of the Mountain, and Moss Campion.  Along the ridge lines I photographed Purple Fringe and Asters, while along the creeks at lower altitudes a mix of Elegant Death Camas, Orange and Rosy Paintbrush, and Sky pilot greeted us in movement and color.

Some locations, like the rocky backdrop for the purple fringe below are along high altitude ridge lines.  The hike to this location is from the Highland Mary Lakes trailhead.  I like to challenge myself physically and photographically to capture these beauties while they last.  Late July snowfields in the background add interest and location to this image.

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A low camera angle (I was laying on the ground) allows me to show the big scene as well as the wilds. ©Kit Frost

A low camera angle (I was laying on the ground) allows me to show the big scene as well as the wilds. Highland Mary Lakes. ©Kit Frost

Join us for lessons on using your digital camera to capture these beauties, we take you to amazing locations in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango, Colorado.  July 26, 9am-4pm, August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, 2pm-7pm.  Email kit@kitfrost.com for more information or to schedule private lessons on how to use your digital camera.

Often by late July, the only places to find Parry's Primrose along high altitude creeks.  This group was photographed at Clear Creek.  ©Kit Frost

Often by late July, the only places to find Parry’s Primrose along high altitude creeks. This group was photographed at Clear Creek. ©Kit Frost

 

 

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Although a 3 mile hike to this location along the Silverton/Rico trail, the trail is clear, and the surrounding mountains really add to the photos. ©Kit Frost

I like to include reflections of nearby cliffs in the creeks to grab the interest of the viewer. ©Kit Frost

I like to include reflections of nearby cliffs in the creeks to grab the interest of the viewer. Columbus Basin, La Plata Canyon©Kit Frost

 

 

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