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!

Overlooking the valley from Brush Creek Road.
Brush Creek I

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

From Brush Creek Road.
Complimentary Colors

From Brush Creek Road.
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Nearing sunset
Brush Creek II

Nearing sunset
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A mix of colors
Flower Palette

A mix of colors
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Sage and flowers as sunset approaches, from Brush Creek Road
Painted Sage

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

Sunset at Brush Creek Road
Yellow and Purple

Sunset at Brush Creek Road
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Overlook from Gothic Road, pre-sunrise
East River Overlook

Overlook from Gothic Road, pre-sunrise
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Gothic Mountain at sunrise
Gothic

Gothic Mountain at sunrise
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Lupines and sunflowers at sunrise.
Gothic Awakes I

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

Scarlet Gilia and Gothic Mountain.
Gothic Awakes II

Scarlet Gilia and Gothic Mountain.
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Beautiful sunrise from Gothic, Colorado
Gothic Awakes III

Beautiful sunrise from Gothic, Colorado
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A perfect reflection in a pond off Gothic Road.
July Reflection

A perfect reflection in a pond off Gothic Road.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

I finally can control perspective with my new 24 mm tilt-shift lens!
Shadows

I finally can control perspective with my new 24 mm tilt-shift lens!
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Classic Colorado morning!
Classic Colorado

Classic Colorado morning!
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

According to the internet--this road is easily traveled by a passenger vehicle.... unless its buried under 30 feet of snow.
No Access

According to the internet--this road is easily traveled by a passenger vehicle....
unless its buried under 30 feet of snow.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

To mix things up a bit, I drove to Taylor Lake for sunset.
Taylor

To mix things up a bit, I drove to Taylor Lake for sunset.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

A beautiful Monday sunrise in Gothic, Colorado in July.
Paradise

A beautiful Monday sunrise in Gothic, Colorado in July.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Slightly different angle at sunrise
Paradise II

Slightly different angle at sunrise
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On the trail to Judd Falls
Monday Morning

On the trail to Judd Falls
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Scarlet Gilia along the trail to Judd Falls.
Scarlet

Scarlet Gilia along the trail to Judd Falls.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Sunrise and nearly full moon
Moon rising

Sunrise and nearly full moon
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The backside of Gothic mountain reminded me of a scene from Yosemite or Zion!
Sorta Yosemite

The backside of Gothic mountain reminded me of a scene from Yosemite or Zion!
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One of many small cascades near Judd Falls, Gothic.
Simple Pleasures

One of many small cascades near Judd Falls, Gothic.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

Judd Falls
Judd Falls

Judd Falls
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.