A Taste of Beautiful Colorado
Gallery II:   Nature's Summer Celebration


Introducing a new dimension to the boulders and lush green carpet that grace the banks of misty cascading water are clusters of vibrant colored wildflowers. The beautiful waterfall shown is located on the north fork of middle Boulder Creek in the central Colorado Rockies. Photograph by Larry Burton.

With its natural beauty, cool fragrant summers and hushed snow carpeted winters, combined with relaxed lifestyles, limitless activities and friendly people, the Colorado High Country has the power to captivate one's soul. Just ask any of the active, dynamic "Locals" about the pleasures of living, working and playing amid its' wonders!






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Blue River Valley
A spectacular vista as seen from Ute Pass north of Silverthorne, Colorado, the Blue River Valley and Eagles Nest Wilderness is braced for a summer rain shower. Ute Pass was originally an Indian trail crossing the Williams Fork Mountains. The Ute Indians probably used this area for hunting grounds as it has a sizable population of wildlife.





Cactus in Vibrant Bloom
The prickly pear cactus is one of the many brilliant-colored plants and wildflowers that create stunning abstracts amid swirling grasses and aspens dancing in the wind. This exquisite full bloom was photographed near Grand Junction, Colorado.





Peaceful Contemplation.
Exemplifying the essence of the relaxed Colorado lifestyle, the Adirondack chairs beckon guests to relaxing contemplation or simply quietly enjoying the shoreline of turquoise waters at Blue Lake Lodge, Hesperus, Colorado.





North Fork Colorado River
The western slopes of Rocky Mountain National Park contain the headwaters of the Colorado River. It is in this emerald forested valley that the river runs wild and free, supporting a diverse wilderness






Mt. Zirkel Wilderness
Set against the backdrop of sunny blue skies and cumulus clouds, a display of brilliant yellow glacier lilies greet hikers through the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Providing a lush, colorful carpet for the magnificent grove of quivering aspens, this peaceful spot eloquently captures a glimpse of Colorado's multi-hued landscape and diverse beauty.





Great Sand Dunes
At sunset, artistically shadowed Great Sand Dunes stand resiliently waiting for the dawn's first gust of wind.  These are some of the tallest dunes in North America.  Blown across the desert floor by the prevailing winds, sand grains are continually dropped at the base of a mighty barrier, the Sangre de Cristos Mountains.

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