Lake Isabelle 2009

Harold, Mark, Bill and I ventured up to Lake Isabelle with our cameras last Sunday to see how the wildflowers were doing. It’s about that time of the year for them to be at peak blossom. But after hiking 6 miles total (3 in, 3 out) and only seeing a fraction of what the hike usually yields, I’d say we were about 2 weeks early. And that makes sense to me, since we had had such a late, cold and very wet spring — I think the high country is still trying to dry out and catch up to its normal season.

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Lake Isabelle Wildflowers

Steve Parker and I ventured up into the Lake Isabelle area over the Fourth of July holiday to catch some of the early season (early for the high country) wildflowers. We were about 1-2 weeks away from peak viewing still, but check out the images below to see how they looked yesterday.

The Columbine were starting to bloom and we found some that were in full bloom (see below): lots of Prairie Primrose, some spots of Red Paintbrush (no White Paintbrush yet), lots of Buttercups and Daisies, and a tiny white or blue/white flower that we don’t know the name of, almost like Babies Breathe…

Still fairly early though. Venture up yourself in the next two weeks and send me some notes/comments on how you found the wildflowers to be….

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Prairie Primrose Stream - Vertical

Prairie Primrose Bouquet

Lone Prairie Primrose and Log

Paintbrush Abstract


Glorious Prairie Primrose Bouquet

Hikers in Saddle

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