Rick Hobbs Photography

Wildlife/Nature/Outdoor Photography

From The Field

Colorado Wildflowers

Colorado wildflowers are at their peak in the Crested Butte and Ouray areas usually near mid-July. I have heard of blankets of colorful wildflowers spread out in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures laying before majestic mountain scenes and I thought - I have to go check it out.

Near Crested Butte, Colorado

So I contacted a couple friends who live in Florida and asked them if they wanted to go on an adventure in the pursuit of wildflowers and mountain scenes. They said sure and before you know it we were bouncing along the dirt roads at 11,000 ft and having a ball.

Near Crested Butte, Colorado

When I said bouncing along the roads - I mean it in every sense of the words. The high mountain roads are generally dirt or rocks with a good number of ruts thrown in just to make the trip memorable. It was not uncommon to have a stream crossing the road so it was truly an adventure. Can you say RENTAL ..... ;-)

Us in a rented Jeep near Ouray, Colorado

Of course, every year can be different depending on the amount of the snow and rain, as well as other factors. The folks at the visitor center in Crested Butte said the flowers were not very good this year - a good year must be absolutely breathtaking.

Near Crested Butte, Colorado

When intentionally decided to only shoot the 28-70mm lens so we could work on mountain/wildflower scenes or groups of flowers. If we were shooting macro lenses we would still be out there shooting - like that's a bad thing ;-)

Near Crested Butte, Colorado

After spending a couple days in the Crested Butte area we drove over to Ouray and rented the jeep above for the trip to photograph Yankee Boy Basin.

Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray, Colorado

Yankee Boy Basin lived up to it's world famous reputation. There seemed to be millions of flowers in bloom. The addition of having some of the wildflowers in and around streams and waterfalls made for a truly specatular morning.

Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray, Colorado

The photo opportunities far surpassed our time available in the area so, for me at least, a return trip will be necessary. Now that I've done a scouting trip I'm considering offering a Photo Adventure to include the Crested Butte and Ouray areas for wildflower and mountain photography. If I never took a single photo it would still have been a great trip just to see the beautiful settings - amazing.

Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray, Colorado

Please let me know if you have any interest in going on a trip like this and if there is enough positive response I'll put the trip together. Please see the 72 images in the Colorado Wildflower Gallery on my website to get an even better understanding of what it is like there and keep in mind I only used some of the images that were made on this trip.