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Sideshow Bob
18-Jul-2007, 00:21
Iím driving out to Colorado next week looking for wildflowers; does anyone know the status of areas such as Yankee Boy Basin and/or American Basin? Are there other areas that I should be exploring? Is this a good year or?

Thanks for any info you can share.


Mark Stahlke
18-Jul-2007, 09:29
Check the Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers (http://www.naturephotographers.net/imagecritique/bbs.cgi?a=vf10&u=19159) web site for the latest updates on wildflower conditions.

Keith Pitman
18-Jul-2007, 16:14
I was in the area of Independence Pass this week and there were oodles of wildflowers. Not my subject matter, but I enjoyed them non-photographically.

Sideshow Bob
19-Jul-2007, 09:51
Thanks for the info. It looks like this is not a good year for Colorado wildflowers so I've decided not to go. For those of you who have not photographed the alpine wildflowers, attached are a couple of images from the summer of 2005. Maybe next year.


Keith Pitman
19-Jul-2007, 15:15
Yeah, that's what I saw.

22-Jul-2007, 18:10
I just got back from RMNP and saw some flowers but nothing spectacular. On the hike to Emerald Lake I only saw a few Columbines. I always try to put something in the foreground of my wide angle shots but there wasn't a whole lot going on. The purple lupines looked like they were a week over the're peak.

P.S. I would love to get up to American Basin again. Took a 4x4 Jeep over the Alpine Loop about 4 yrs ago. I wonder if my V8 AWD Explorer would be up to the task. I took it up to Pierson Point east of Estes Park but not again. I scraped a few places coming down too fast (had to crawl down as slow as possible). There was a teenager taking up a Subaru AWD but I wouldn't want to look underneath the car! There was no way he was going to make it without scraping and bending underneath. I don't remember the Alpine loop being that bad.