Shades of Red

During my Colorado wildflower road trip, I saw several species of Indian Paintbrush, each being a different color. Today’s post features one of the reddish varieties: I captured 15 images of the last image, varying the focus point and combining them together to get a nice, in-focus image (focus-stacking): I’ll share some of the other […]

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Larkspur

At the subalpine regions of the San Juan mountains (i.e., approx. 9,500-11,500 feet), Larkspur was blooming in most every place we traveled. Photos in this blog post were captured along the lower altitudes of Black Bear Pass and in Yankee Boy Basin. There are a lot of species of Larkspur, but I believe the species […]

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A Perfect “10”?

If I were writing a book on wildflowers, today’s subject would probably be my #1 Fave! The Blue Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea) has been a favorite of mine ever since I first found it growing in the Colorado mountains a few years ago (at Maroon Bells). The stunning blue pointed sepals, contrasting with the white petals […]

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Sunset Along Black Bear Pass

Our day spent along Black Bear Pass ended in some interesting sunset images. As sunset approached, it looked like we would not have much color in the skies. But at the last minute, we did get some interesting skies, particularly with the cloud cover that was present. Here are 6 images from the many I […]

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Dusky Penstemon

While jeeping along Black Bear Pass, we came upon Dusky Penstemon wildflowers (Penstemon whippleanus), which grows in the subalpine and alpine areas of the San Juan mountains. Sometimes called the Whipple Penstemon, or Dark Beardtongue, they typically grow in open exposed sites, rocky areas, roadsides and tundra. The flowers were a deep maroon color, approximating […]

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Corn Lily

One of the unique wildflowers of the San Juan mountains (southwest Colorado) is the Corn Lily (Veratrum californicum), also called False Hellebore. These plants tend to grow in clumps, or colonies, with each plant growing from 3-6 feet tall. The Corn Lily grows at altitudes of 3500 feet to 11,000 feet. I also found that […]

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Purple Fringe

At several places along the narrow road up Black Bear Pass, Purple Fringe (Phacelia sericea) wildflowers were found. This was a new wildflower for me, and one that I’ll never forget. It is made up of many tiny purple flowers, tightly packed along a vertical spike. Conspicuous yellow stamens protrude from the flowers: Purple Fringe […]

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Colorado’s Red Mountains

While photographing in southwest Colorado from Black Bear Pass, our jeeps took us to the top of the pass where we were able to get quite a wonderful view of the Red Mountains: Quite an impressive view! The Red Mountains are a set of three peaks (Red Mountain #1, #2 and #3) in the San […]

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Black Bear Pass

Well, I’m back home after an exhausting ~4 weeks on the road … but what a trip! Thanks to all for the kind comments, retweets and “Likes” while I was gone, especially the past few days when I’ve not been able to publish to Twitter or Facebook … if you went directly to my blog […]

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