Petals at their peak


Abundant moisture boosts this summer’s display

Colorado’s state flower is putting on a display this year with wildflowers in the high country. This week is expected to bring peak blooms to elevations around 10,000 feet. The season is a few weeks later than average, as high amounts of snowpack and cooler weather delayed the wildflower bloom at higher altitudes. For tips on getting the best wildflower photos, see page 18. Photo courtesy Steve Traudt
By Mary Menz, Special to the Plaindealer April showers bring May flowers to many places, but abundant snowpack and regular rain make the wildflowers in Ouray County’s high elevations burst in a profusion of color all summer. In fact, this week looks like it may be “peak week” at the 10,000- to 12,000-foot elevation range. While this year’s wildflowers are abundant compared to last year’s display,…

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