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.
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.