Flower Season

Tis Summer time in the northern Hemisphere. That means some wildflowers in the mountain meadows. Though I live in the desert regions of western Colorado so I don’t get any flowers where I live, I am still close to mountains where they are common.

These were taken in Summit County in the same location on 2 different days with the Gore Range as a backdrop.

I will be headed to Crested Butte considered the wildflower capital of Colorado for one week at the end of July. My concern is that many areas of Colorado are experiencing very dry conditions for the past several months (since at least March) and conditions might not be that good, let’s all hope things are decent down there in two weeks.

 

Lupine Clusters in the Gore Range
Clusters of Lupine with Guyselmann Mountain in the backdrop. Ever hear of South Park? Made famous by a cartoon created by Colorado natives Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Would you know that there are 3 “Parks” in Colorado? South Park, Middle Park and North Park. A Park is a Colorado term for a high elevation mountain valley. In the case of Middle Park it is a narrow valley just north of Silverthorne going all the way up to Heeney or Green Mountain Reservoir. As for South Park? The town in the cartoon is based off of Fairplay, the largest town in the valley of South Park and county seat of Park County.
Lupine flowers with the Gore Range
East Thorne is visible on the left above some Lupines.
The Gore Range above a field of grass and Wildflowers
Red Peak and East Thorne visible. The towns of Summit County and Lake Dillon (very popular recreation area) are just out of shot down low and to the left of this scene. Though theses towns and lake are not visible from this region, both Red Peak and East Thorne are dominant mountains from that region
Middle Park, Colorado and the Gore Range
wider angle of the valley and Guyselmann Mountain. Guyselmann Mountain itself is almost dead center. The peak on the left is Peak L. Though Peak L is in reality an unnamed peak, it has been given a common name in the old tradition of the Colorado Mountain Club (which I used to be a member of). The CMC in it’s past used to give unnamed peaks a designation with a letter from the alphabet, the Gore Range is the only mountain range in Colorado where these letter designations stuck to provide for, with quite a bit of affection, these unofficial names.

So what is a fault block mountain range? I could give the scientific definition, but how about I keep it in simple terms. It is a mountain range with a fault line on each side. It is a chunk of crust forced straight up as one whole block as opposed to crumpling of the crust like a sheet of crumpled paper as in a Fold Mountain range (the majority of mountain ranges) and then the features are carved by erosion, especially glaciers. Since the mountain range is one full block of crust forced straight up they are general far more sudden and abrupt than other types of ranges and do not have foothills, One other feature of a fault block is their narrowness, unlike fold mountains which have many layers of mountains, fault block usually are only a couple mountain peaks thick and many of the peaks are visible from the valleys on both sides of the range.

 

 

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Author: paulscoloradophotography

Nature and landscape photographer from Denver metro, Colorado. I also do extensive urban and night time photography. I originally started photography as a means to document my climbs of Colorado's many high mountain peaks, then it evolved from there. The biggest thing about landscape photography is being in nature and capturing those short lived and sublime moments that occur. There is nothing quite like being at a mountain lake feeling that cold mountain air, looking up at those dramatic peaks and spires, or being up late at night looking up at the incredible amount of stars visible from the Earth, something that very few people are able to experience any more this is the true source of my inspiration. I have had several gallery showings including with the Denver Photo Art Gallery owned by renowned nature photographer John Fielder, and a two week exhibit during the Democratic National Convention. I currently have 2 books out in collaboration with other people, plus working on a 3rd one about Loveland Pass region, this last one is still an ongoing project. Plus I have been published from other sources including Smith Southwestern and am a regular contributor in stock with Shutterstock and Dreamstime. I have had large scale corporate sales and numerous individual sales of my photos. This includes numerous photos with the Plenary Group and photos in the home of a well known actor

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