Uncompahgre Plateau July 4th Wildflowers


Alpine sunflower is the closest I can find in the flower book. The stems make for interesting patterns, too.

My wife and I made a July 4th pilgrimage to Uncompahgre Plateau to photograph wildflowers. Early July seems the best time to see the mules ears, which cover dozens of acres along Montrose County Road 90 just east of where it enters the Uncompahgre National Forest. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Mules ears

Mules ears, along Montrose CR 90 just east of where the road enters the Uncompahgre National Forest. The flowers go on for acres

Yellow Pea

Yellow Pea. They look an awful lot like snapdragons to me, but the book says yellow pea.

Yellow flower

Yellow flower that looks like it's a member of the sunflower family

White flower

Some interesting white flowers, a little hard to make out. Tiny things, and bunches of them.

Purple flower

Purple flower of some sort--they look like they're about to bloom further.

Purple flower 2

More purple. Very delicate.


These look like the two-lobe larkspur in the flower book

Blue flowers

More blue flowers

Pine patterns

While not flowers per se, I like the patterns these new pine needles weave

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1 Response to Uncompahgre Plateau July 4th Wildflowers

  1. Don Kellogg says:

    Dave –

    I’ve been working in Detroit since mid-April, so I’ve missed the coming of spring and the summer wildflowers at home in Ouray County. I also love dirt biking the back roads. Your blog has been a dose of back-home for me. Thanks! I saved your dirt bike routes to try out when I return.

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