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Wildflowers and Teakettle Peak along the Jeep road up to Imogene Pass, Ouray

Summer 2013 was a very good year for wildflowers. Ample snowfall made a huge difference compared to the conditions in 2012. We arrived in the state earlier than usual in mid-June and as a result found five species we had not photographed before, shown below. Please contact us if you see errors in identification.

This year we introduced two new pieces of equipment: a Nikon D300S and a wide angle lens, the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8. The macro lens is still the superb Nikkor AF Micro 70-180mm. In addition, some shots were taken with a Nikon P7000 aim-and-shoot.

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Scientific name: Mertensia alpina
Common name: Alpine Bluebells
Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not)
Description: Tundra, rocky environment; small bushy plant 4-8 inches tall; leaves lance-shaped or oblong, bluish-green, downy above, smooth below; small blue/pale-blue flowers less than 1/2 inch long in clusters.
Location and Date: Loveland Pass, Clear Creek County, June 28, 2013

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Scientific name: Berberis repens
Common name:  Creeping Barberry
Family: Berberidaceae (Barberry)
Dry, acidic soil; 3-6 inches tall; holly-like leaves; yellow flowers; blue-black berries are edible after several frosts.
Location and Date: Breckenridge, Summit County, June 19, 2013

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Scientific name: Corydalis aurea
Common name: Golden Corydalis, Scrambled Eggs
Family: Fumariaceae (Fumitory)
 Dry areas; 3-14 inches tall; grayish-green delicate dissected leaves; yellow flowers; biennial (dies after flowering in its second year).
Location and Date: Lake Dillon, Summit County, June 23, 2013

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Scientific name: Lupinus caespitosus
Common name: Dwarf Lupine
Family: Fabacea (Pea)
Description: Open, gravelly areas; short, clump 5-6 inches tall; hairy, gray-green, palmate leaves; blue, pea-like flowers nestled among theleaves.

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Scientific name: Penstemon harbourii
Common name:  Harbour’s Beardtongue
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Description: Scree, high altitudes; low-growing; blue/violet flowers.
Location and Date: Blue Lakes trail, Summit County, July 17, 2013

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