Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Snodgrass Mountain, July 2015: Part II

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I couldn't be in Crested Butte for the Wildflower Festival this year.  But being there the week before wasn't too bad!  Things were just about peaking on Snodgrass Mountain at the time. 

Alpine Sunflowers, Snodgrass Mountain
A short row of Alpine Sunflowers, already looking a little past peak in just the first week of July.

White-crowned Sparrow on Loveroot, Snodgrass Mountain
This White-crowned Sparrow was quite tiny, and spent a good amount of time singing, preening and generally enjoying the warm sun.

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, Snodgrass Mountain
Speaking of enjoying things, this Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel was going to town on an Alpine Sunflower blossom.  The old cabin ruins doubled as his breakfast table.

Gothic Road
The clouds grew thicker as I set up for a shot up Gothic Road.  I would have preferred the lighting to be a little brighter.

Mt. Crested Butte
The clouds had dissipated quite a bit as sunset neared, so back I went for a second helping.  The late light on Mt. Crested Butte was beautiful.

Mt. Crested Butte at Sunset
The sky didn't have a ton of color, but the clouds still took on the appearance of floating balls of cotton candy.

Sunset on Snodgrass Mountain
The view to the west was interesting, and not something I normally shoot.  But the silhouette of the trees and the fierce aspect of the clouds compelled me to capture the view.

Mt. Crested Butte and Whetstone Peak at Sunset
The color deepened and darkened as twilight continued to fall, providing one final splash of pinks and purples over Mt. Crested Butte and Whetstone Peak.  A fantastic end to two glorious weeks in Colorado!

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