Summit County, Colorado wildflowers are in bloom

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate

This is wildflower season.  I enjoy hiking and I always take my camera, but sometimes even a good camera can't do it justice.  Perhaps a better photographer would be a goodParry's Primrose idea!  colorado wildflowers

My favorite hikes in Summit County involve water, and that is because the best wildflowers grow in wet areas.  Wheeler Lakes, Monte Christo, McCullough Gulch, Mesa Cortina and Mayflower Gulch, all have streams or lakes that reward you with awesome displays of flowers.  The flower to the left is Parry's Primrose and it is not found as frequently as some,  It likes very wet areas and usually is near streams.  The photograph above was taken at Wheeler lakes, not far from Copper Mountain and shows a variety of flowers.  The red ones are mostly Indian Paintbrush, a farily common flower here.  Elephant heads in Colorado

To the right are Lupine and a rather unusual flower called Elephant Head.  The flowers resemble little rounded heads with trunks coming off them, just like an elephant head.  They also like wet, boggy areas.  Indian paintbrush

 

 

 

 

Indian Paintrush, to the left, comes in many colors, ranging from white, to red, to pink, and even a hot magenta color.  They are often found where it is drier and they like open meadows. 

We hiked to Boulder Lakes yesterday,  and hope to get a short preview hike in the next few days to Wilder Gulch or Shrine Ridge.  Both are on Vail Pass and are great places for flowers.  My client party is going to be a guided wildflower hike this year, and we hope to see some beauties in one of those two areas.   I will be hiking them to decide which will be the best. 

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Lania DeMers
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How Beautiful, Joanne! I feel like taking a ride up there with my husband to see the beautiful flowers!!!

Maybe this weekend...

 

Jul 06, 2007 12:38 AM #1
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Mary Warren
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What BEAUTIFUL  flowers Joanne...thanks so much for sharing them.  I'm envious!
Jul 06, 2007 12:41 AM #2
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Joanne Hanson
Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate - Frisco, CO
Summit County, Colorado Realtor

They will be blooming for about another month at their peak, so come on up! .  Here is another one I forgot to include in the post.  it is one of my favorites.  Brook at Blue LakesHard to see when it is this small, but it will give you an idea of how gorgeous they are!

 

Jul 06, 2007 12:47 AM #3
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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This is lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Jul 06, 2007 01:13 AM #4
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Jennifer Steck
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Joanne- This is always the best time of year to see the flowers. I need to get to some of those hiking trails sometime this summer. The area is fabulous!
Jul 06, 2007 11:07 AM #5
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Joanne Hanson
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Come on up...I will give you and whoever you want to bring with you a guided hike!
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Rita Taylor
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Joanne,

I love the primrose flowers.  I find that the flowers in my yard help me to relax after a stressful day. 

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Joanne Hanson
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They are a wonderful reward at the end of a lung busting hike!  I have flowers at home too, and I really enjoy them the 3 months I have them!
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