2021
San Juan Mountains

Last year we got to the area around Ouray too late to see much in bloom.  It was late in the season (early August) and with the drought conditions we should have know better. So this year we were there a month earlier and the difference was amazing. We hiked a ways up the Blue Lakes Trail one day. Other days we used the Jeep to reach Yankee Boy and Governor’s basins and Ophir Pass.

Please contact us with comments and if you see errors in identification.

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Allium geyeri (Geyer’s Onion) 9007
Common Name Geyer's Onion
Scientific Name Allium Geyeri
Family Amarylladaceae (Amaryllis)
Date July 8, 2021
Location Yankee Boy Basin, Ouray County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/160 sec.
ISO 1600
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Castilleja rhexiifolia (Rosy Paintbrush) 8639/8647
Common Name Rosy Paintbrush
Scientific Name Castilleja rhexiifolia
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 135 mm
Aperture Focus stack of 9 images at f/6.3
Speed 1/200sec.
ISO 800
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Castilleja sulphurea (Sulphur Indian Paintbrush) 8384
Common Name Sulphur Indian Paintbrush
Scientific Name Castilleja sulphurea
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/200 sec.
ISO 2000
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Erigeron coulteri (Coulter’s Daisy) 8463
Common Name Coulter's Daisy, Whiteray Daisy
Scientific Name Erigeron Coulteri
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 90 mm
Aperture f/18
Speed 1/200 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Phacelia heterophylla (Vari-leaf Phacelia) 8906
Common Name Vari-leaf Phacelia, Wand Phacelia
Scientific Name Phacelia heterophylla
Family Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not)
Date July 8, 2021
Location Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 150 mm
Aperture f/20
Speed 1/30 sec.
ISO 1600
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Polemonium foliosissimum (Leafy Jacob’s Ladder) 8658
Common Name Leafy Jacob's Ladder
Scientific Name Polemonium foliosissimum
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR630, Ophir Pass Road, San Miguel County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/200 sec.
ISO 800
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Pseudostellaria jamesiana (Tuber Starwort) 8331
Common Name Tuber Starwort, Sticky Starwort
Scientific Name Pseudostellaria jamesiana
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/160 sec.
ISO 2000
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NEW! Rumex acetosella (Sheep Sorrel) 8335
Common Name Sheep Sorrel
Scientific Name Rumex acetosella
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 160 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/125 sec.
ISO 2000
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Senecio trangularis (Arrowleaf Groundsel) 8394
Common Name Arrowleaf Groundsel, Arrowleaf Ragwort
Scientific Name Senecio triangularis
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 85 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/125 sec.
ISO 800
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Sibbaldia procumbens (Creeping Sibbaldia) 8560
Common Name Creeping Sibbaldia
Scientific Name Sibbaldia procumbens
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/13
Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 800
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Thalictrum fendleri (Fendler’s Meadowrue) 8815
Common Name Fendler's Meadowrue
Scientific Name Thalictrum fendleri
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Date July 8, 2021
Location Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 1600
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Veratrum californicum var. californicum (Corn Lily) 8439
Common Name Corn Lily, False Hellebore
Scientific Name Veratrum californicum var. californicum
Family Melanthiaceae (Hellebore)
Date July 7, 2021
Location Along FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/11
Speed 1/500 sec.
ISO 800
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Veronica serpyllifolia (Thyme-leaf Speedwell) 8855
Common Name Thyme-leaf Speedwell
Scientific Name Veronica serpyllifolia
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Date July 8, 2021
Location Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/11
Speed 1/500 sec.
ISO 1600

© Tom Lebsack 2022

Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County