Colorado Wild Flowers 2014
All Photographs © Brian & Nancy Morganti
Rustler Gulch Trail - Gothic Road
Crested Butte Region
Saturday July 12, 2014
Today would be our last day to photograph the wild flowers in the Crested Butte Region. Our main goal for today was to take a hike on Rustler Gulch Trail, which can be found north of Gothic. A stream crossing and steep narrow 4x4 road leads to the trail head, and from there several more stream crossings on foot are necessary. Other than getting our feet wet, this was a nice level hike with wonderful hillside views of assorted wild flowers. Our hike ended at a rather swift and deep stream crossing, but by that time the best morning light had already occurred and we had captured some of our best images.
Misty Morning - Crested Butte: Early morning fog rolls down the valley in Crested Butte Colorado.
Trailside Wildflowers - Rustler Gulch Trail: This is one of the many beautiful vistas found along the Rustler Gulch Trail..
Wildflower Meadow & Pond - Rustler Gulch Trail: The morning light illuminates a wide variety of wildflowers a short distance from the trail.
Hillside Wildflowers - Rustler Gulch Trail: This view of Lupine, Sunflowers, Sulfur Paintbrush & Cow Parsnip was found by climbing a steep hillside adjacent to the Rustler Gulch a few miles north of Gothic.
Hillside Wildflowers #2 - Rustler Gulch Trail: Sneezeweed & Cow Parsnip predominate this view just a short distance from where the previous image was taken.
Mountain Meadow - Rustler Gulch Trail: A meadow of Sneezeweed and Paintbrush stand out against the mountain backdrop.
Scenic View - Rustler Gulch Trail: Sunflowers and Wild Blue Flax cover the hillside in this beautiful view found near the Rustler Gulch trail head.
Sky High Wildflowers - Rustler Gulch Trail : A bounty of wild flowers reach for the sky on this steep hillside next to the Trail.