Rocky Mountain NP

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All photos by Pete Ross

 

Bark Beetle Infestation

Bark beetles have generally infested all evergreen forests located on the eastern slope of Colorado, including the evergreen forests of the Rocky Mountain National Park. In just a few more years, these forests will be mostly dead, killed by this devastating insect. It will be many generations before the beauty of the forests will be with us once again. Now is the time to visit the wild areas while the forests are still green and wildfires have not destroyed them.

 

 

 

 

American Basin

In August of 2010 a friend and I traveled from Montrose to Lake City, Colorado which is located at the northern foot of Slumgullian Pass. Some 20 miles west of Lake City is located the beautiful American Basin, just under Handies Peak. To travel the last few miles of road into the basin, it is suggested that high clearance, four wheel drive vehicles be used, especially on wet surfaces. Elevation at road end is 11,600'. On the day of our visit, the weather was cool with heavy clouds in the basin and occasional light rain. All of this made for great photo possibilities, especially since this was near the end of the season for wildflowers. We were not disappointed! The clouds hanging low over the peaks of the mountains and the abundance of wildflowers in the area, especially the blue Columbine, was more than we had hoped for.

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