In mid-July I visited the Crested Butte area in search of wildflowers and Milky Way reflections, and found both.
To see more photos from this trip, please visit the Crested Butte 2015-07 location gallery here. Click on any image below to see a larger version.
The small pond at the top of Paradise Divide offers great opportunities for reflections at sunrise and sunset. It also offers great reflections of the night sky. This small pond is one of my favorite locations in the Crested Butte area.
Crested Butte has been named as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, and in most years the title is well-deserved. The forest service roads into the West Elk Mountains and the area around Emerald Lake offer a wide variety of flowers, and they were in good shape on this trip
There was a challenge on this trip that I have not encountered before. On Friday afternoon, the camping spots around Paradise Divide filled quickly. This was a marked contrast to mid-week, when I camped there completely alone. In addition, there was a great deal of gunfire quite near the camp sites. After several hundred (!!) rounds had been fired, I called 911 to request a visit by the sheriff's deputy. They told me that recreational shooting is allowed on public land, regardless of the proximity to campers or other users, but agreed to come and check the situation. Since the shooters were on the other side of a ridge, the deputy could not require them to stop.
This experience has put travelling in the backcountry in a whole new light for me, and I will choose my campsites with more care (and more distance from towns).
To see more photos from this trip, please visit the Crested Butte 2015-07 location gallery here.
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