It’s Almost Wildflower Season Again in Crested Butte

June 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
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Bright blue lupine bloom below snow-covered Gothic Mountain.

OK! A little truth in advertising might be in order for this week’s image. It doesn’t actually look like this now. But it could. In fact, this photo of bright, fresh Lupine below Gothic Mountain was created on June 13th of 2010. It’s not unusual for us to receive snow in June even though most of us find it pretty annoying. It is unusual that the Lupine have not come into full bloom yet. There are only a few patches so far and a few Larkspur thrown in for some variety. Glacier Lilies and Mountain Beauties are in full bloom if your eyes are good enough to see them.

This year’s heavy snowfall and a very cool May means that the flowers will be arriving a little later this season. But they will come and they should be amazing for the same reasons they’ll be a little late. These events are certain to provide a truly spectacular display just in time for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival from July 11-16. Once again, I’ll be teaching some of the finer points of wildflower photography every morning during the festival. Four different classes ranging from close-up and macro techniques to incorporating wildflowers into larger landscape images will give every level of student plenty of learning opportunities. The 4×4 back-country adventure may be a bit challenging since there is still a ton of snow in the higher mountain valleys. We may not be able to venture as far out as we would like but great images will be made wherever we go.

I’m excited to offer a new class this year as well. It’s called the Wildflower Master Class and will be more about fine tuning exposure, composition, lens selection, selective focus, etc. to come away with a few “killer” photos suitable for your walls. This class is only open to 5 students so if you’re interested you need to sign up today with the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. I just checked and there is only one place left for this class but most of the others still have places available. Maybe a wait list is in order! You did know that Crested Butte is the Wildflower Capital of Colorado didn’t you?

Thanks for enduring the shameless self promotion this week. It won’t happen again any time soon. Since I’m on this path I may as well plug the Colorado Fall Color workshop that J.C. Leacock and I put on at the end of September. We’re still working out the details but it will happen the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2. We’ll be spending time on the world famous Kebler Pass as well as some “secret” places that offer amazing fall colors and mountain landscapes. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll make sure to get you the details. See some of my sample images at Images Colorado. Thanks again for enduring the promotion. Here’s another photo for getting this far.

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Tiny Mountain Beauties bloom early in the mountains of Colorado

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