Gothic/Crested Butte July 16-18, 2011

I was trying to decide where to go this year for my annual quest for Colorado wildflowers, and after hearing from a couple sources that the conditions near Crested Butte were epic and in full swing, I headed out for the Elk Mountains. My original plan was to backpack to West Maroon Pass, but soon discovered that the road to the trailhead was buried under 30 feet of snow. Just as well, since there were plenty of hiking and photo ops in and around  Crested Butte. A truly epic trip!
Crested Butte,Brush Creek, photo

Brush Creek I

Overlooking the valley from Brush Creek Road.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Crested Butte,Brush Creek, photo

Complimentary Colors

From Brush Creek Road.
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Crested Butte,Brush Creek,Colorado, photo

Brush Creek II

Nearing sunset
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Crested Butte,Brush Creek, photo

Flower Palette

A mix of colors
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Crested Butte,Colorado, photo

A Beautiful Evening

The backlit sunflowers were particularly impressive.
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Crested Butte,Colorado, photo

Garden of Eden

The shear variety of flowers was incredible! Crested Butte, Colorado, July 2011.
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Crested Butte,Colorado, photo

Wildflower Extreme

Crazy mix of yellow and purple near Crested Butte, July 2011.
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Crested Butte,Brush Creek, photo

Painted Sage

Sage and flowers as sunset approaches, from Brush Creek Road
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Crested Butte,Brush Creek, photo

Yellow and Purple

Sunset at Brush Creek Road
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Gothic Road,Crested Butte, photo

East River Overlook

Overlook from Gothic Road, pre-sunrise
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Gothic Mountain,Colorado, photo

Gothic

Gothic Mountain at sunrise
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Crested Butte,Gothic,lupine,sunflower, photo

Gothic Awakes I

Lupines and sunflowers at sunrise.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.