Posted on July 11, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Drought isn’t stopping the show!
Fireweed blooming among beetle-killed lodgepole pines on the Frisco Peninsula.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Yes, the drought is harsh and this year’s wildflowers won’t be as profuse as the past few summers, but don’t be altogether discouraged. Life goes on, and that includes the progression of blossoming plants in the high country. You might have to look just a little bit harder than in previous years, but sometimes, that makes it all the better when you find them. All pics taken by iPhone in the last two weeks. (more…)
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Posted on August 27, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Don’t let anyone tell you the wildflower season is over …
The north end of the Gore Range, Summit County, Colorado.
SUMMIT COUNTY — We managed to break away from our computers for a short, two-night backpacking trip into the Gore Range this week, and we’re glad we did. Summer is all to short to begin with, and even without knowing what we would’ve missed, we would have experienced some regret during the long. cold days of winter. As it turned out, the massive winter snows and late snowmelt fueled a prodigious crop of wildflowers in this part of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, and a lingering late-summer weather pattern made for some exceedingly pleasant camping weather. (more…)
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Posted on August 21, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
A few colorful portraits …
The richest of gold isn't found in a cold, hard mineral, but in the petals of a tender flower.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Hate to say it, but wildflower season is winding down. During a recent camping trek up in Gore Range, our sleeping bags were coated with frost in the early morning, and some of the meadows were already starting to tinge rusty red with anthocyanin, the natural antifreeze that many mountain plants produce to extend their growing season by a few weeks. If you haven’t yet, get out and catch some of the splendor … and do it soon! (more…)
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Posted on August 8, 2011 by Jenney Coberly
A spectacular display of early August wildflowers up around treeline
The columbine are blooming along the French Pass trail.
Story and photos by Jenney Coberly
BRECKENRIDGE — French Pass is named for an early Canadian fur trader, “French Pete” as he was known, who used a Continental Divide crossing between Bald Mountain and Mt. Guyot to travel between two of his preferred trapping areas.
Wildflower meadow along the French Pass trail
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Posted on July 31, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The high country is abloom
A rare scree penstemon growing high in the Colorado Rockies. PHOTO BY STAN WAGON. Click on the image to visit his online wildflower gallery.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A pair of Summit County’s most avid hikers share some of their wildflower photos in this edition of the morning photo essay. Stan Wagon said he found this scree penstemon (Penstemon harbourii) growing in a familiar spot in the Peru Creek drainage, where he visits the flower each year. Learn more about penstemons, members of the snapdragon family) at the American Penstemon Society website. (more…)
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Posted on July 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
A few flower portraits …
Some backlighting and early morning shadows emphasize the fragile beauty of this wild bloom.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Copious winter moisture and a strong early monsoon have combined to really get things growing around the high country. Even scrubby sage meadows are full of color, and in the wetter spots the flowers are absolutely going crazy. One of my favorite obscure places to seek out blooms is along the road from the Frisco/I-70 round-about to the Meadow Creek trail head, where a jumbled patch of mixed forest and sagebrush spreads out within rock-throwing distance of I-70. (more…)
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Posted on July 23, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The most cheerful flower ever!
Stairway to ... somewhere.
By Bob Berwyn
*Editor’s note – this story has been edited to reflect the fact that I was totally mixed up on plant identification. The plants in the photos are oxeye daisies, considered by local authorities to be a noxious weed. My bad! See the comments at the end of the story.
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s a banner year for wildflowers, and one of the most profuse down along the Meadow Creek wetlands is the oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).
When I first moved to this Frisco neighborhood, I couldn’t believe that these bright and cheerful flowers were growing everywhere in the wild. Much to my dismay, I learned that they are not native to North America, but considered to be “invaders” from Europe and Asia.
That makes me wonder how they got here — perhaps European immigrants brought them along to plant as ornamentals, since they are tough and don’t need a lot of care. At any rate, they now grow in all 50 states and in every Canadian province, so it seems absurd to think that they could ever be eradicated from the landscape.
Meanwhile, here’s an entire photo essay dedicated to daisies, and maybe this way I’ll get the daisies out of my system. And even though I’ll be branded as a heretic by the weed warriors of Summit County, I will say that I’m glad they’re growing. My morning walk through the meadows would be slightly less cheerful without them.
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Posted on June 15, 2011 by Jenney Coberly
Eagle, Summit County classes include info on sustainable landscaping, invasive plants
A meadow at Pass Lake, near Loveland Pass, in full bloom.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —High country gardeners can learn native plant ecology and landscaping with Colorado State University’s Native Plant Master Program®, with summer course offerings at various locations around Colorado, including Summit and Eagle Counties.
Info includes sustainable landscaping and identification of invasive weeds.
The Summit and Eagle County courses are held outdoors, and are open to interested people over the age of 21 on a space available basis. Session 1 will be held July 9, 16, and 23 at the Vail Nature Center, and session 2 meets on August 4, 11, and 18 in Frisco.
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Posted on March 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Forget-me-nots bloom near Meadow Creek in Frisco,Colorado.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A few scenes culled from the archives and picked to make you feel like the warm days of summer are just around the corner. (more…)
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Posted on November 10, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
A taste of honey …
Where do the bumblebees go in the winter? Anybody know?
SUMMIT COUNTY — I’m counting on some nice sunrise pictures this morning with a dusting of fresh snow to brighten the scene, but until then, enjoy a few classic shots from the Summit Voice archives. If you like what you see, visit our online galleries at Imagekind for landscapes, nature scenes and travel photography, and at RedBubble, where you can buy a cool Summit Voice calendar. (more…)
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