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Morning Photo: San Juan wildflowers

The alpine tundra comes alive!

Colorado wildflowers

Wildflowers flourishing in the alpine tundra near Red Mountain Pass.

FRISCO — A short midweek roadtrip to the San Juans as part of the Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger reporting project yielded some fine images from Colorado’s rugged southwestern mountains — along with in-depth information about how global warming is affecting the Rocky Mountains. Shooting with three different cameras (the top image is an iPhone shot) may seem like a hassle (and it can be at times), but it enabled me to get a good variety of perspectives. The next couple of images were taken with an older Canon and a zoom lens that helped compress the vast fields of flowers, intensifying the color and adding some interesting depth-of-field effects.

Looking south from Red Mountain Pass across an expanse of San Juan tundra.

Looking south from Red Mountain Pass across an expanse of San Juan tundra.

San Juan wildflowers

Wildflower bokeh, San Juan Mountains, Colorado.

Colorado wildflowers

Flowers and sky, as far as the eye can see!

paintbrush near Red Mountain Pass, Colorado.

paintbrush near Red Mountain Pass, Colorado.

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