I was daydreaming about alpine meadows last night, thinking ahead to a possible return trip to the mountains next summer. As a prairie dude, I’m not particularly interested in hiking mountain trails surrounded by high peaks and trees, waiting for a brief glimpse of the sun or sky. As quickly as possible, I want to get above tree line and into open country. There, mountain peaks, trees and lakes are just accents for broad grasslands. Perfect.
The backpacking trip I took with my son Daniel last summer was a great example of the way I like to experience mountains. We spent the vast majority of our time on the high alpine plateau of the Flat Tops Wilderness in Colorado. Hiking was pretty easy, we didn’t push for long distances, and there was a lot of time to just wander and (for me) photograph.
As I was thinking both backward and forward about mountain trips, I was perusing photos from that trip. I decided to share some of them with you. These are all different images from those I shared in two posts last summer (these and these), though a few will look fairly similar. I hope you enjoy being transported to summer mountain grasslands as much as I did! As always, you can click on a photo to see a better version of it.
Photos make me yearn for a trip to the mountains. Haven’t been there in ages.
I think our Illinois prairies May have been equally floriferous. A squandered heritage
Love your comment about liking the open spaces. I share your attitude, but it is probably about as rare as true tall grass prairie in good condition (i.e.) without being invaded by eastern red cedar.
My daughter and I will be hiking in Turkey along the Lycian Way and in Cappadocia early April, botanical, landscape and antiquity. Looking forward to this adventure
Thank you for sharing these.
It was gray, snow-covered and negative 6 degrees here this morning. Your beautiful pictures remind me that nature will be buzzing and blooming again in just a few more months! Sunny-day, nature pictures are good for the soul! Thanks
Such stunning photographs, Chris. From your delicate close-ups to your wide landscapes, all masterfully shot. Enjoyed every one!
Yes lovely landscape. After a forest fire has gone through, beautiful wild flowers appear. Natures way.
Marvelous educational excellent photos. I am sure you had a great time!!