|Afternoon clouds gathering over Crested Butte South|
Crested Butte is famous for its amazing wildflowers (and wildflower festival in July), but of course it's early June, so the bloom has barely started. We did see lots of fields of fading larkspur surrounded by more dandelions than I've ever encountered. They were really quite beautiful.
|Dandelions and larkspur, aspen and the edge of the Crested Butte|
Cottonwood Pass has only recently opened for the season, as snow lingers long and deep at its 12,126-foot summit. The road is dirt for the last 14 miles of the approach from the west side, which is why I was so happy that the rain held off until we were maybe 3 or 4 miles from the top. It can get really slippery really fast up there.
|Looking back towards Taylor Reservoir on the Cottonwood Pass climb.|
Rain is definitely coming.
|Plenty of snow left on the top, although the rain will melt it quickly.|
On the east side of the pass ("my" side) the road is paved, so the rainy descent was no problem.
Whew! Another trip checked off the list. But in just two days I'll be off AGAIN... to......
|"Shower with a Friend," reduction linocut, @Sherrie York|
The opening of the exhibition Animalia, at the Loveland Museum in Loveland, Colorado. I'll be there both for the museum's Member Preview on June 9 and for the public opening on June 10. I have two linocuts in this show, including an old favorite: the last remaining "Shower with a Friend." (If you have "always wanted one" this could be your last chance!)
From Loveland I'll head to Estes Park for a couple of days, in part to give a short workshop for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. After that I'll return home for a couple of days and then leave AGAIN... but thinking about that too far ahead just makes me more tired.