Colorado Yellow Paintbrush at Sunset (2021)

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

I went on a solo backpacking trip deep into the San Juan Mountains to climb some lesser-known 13,000+ feet peaks. I found this incredible scene of yellow paintbrush wildflowers (Castilleja Sulpheria) at 13,300 ft. while on the way up one of the peaks. After dodging several thunderstorms throughout the day, I head back down to set up a campsite. The clouds were thick and abundant on every horizon.

After setting up camp below near a small lake and after enjoying some great green chili mac and cheese, I decided to head back up to the ridge with all of my camera equipment and wait for sunset in the hopes of capturing something special. With fingers crossed, I found several interesting compositions featuring some of my favorite peaks, including the Ice Lake Basin 13ers on the upper left, the Wilson Group to the right of that, and of course Mount Sneffels to the far right.

My patience paid off and I was rewarded with some sweet light! The backlit flowers were so incredible to photograph - the red light passed through the lobes and stems, creating an amazing display of light.

More on the flowers: red is the usual color of paintbrush flowers, but Castilleja Sulpheria is one of the few yellow species, and can sometimes be pale orange. The greenish yellow bracts along the uppermost few inches of the stems are divided into long, narrow lobes (3 to 5 of them); as are the light green leaves lower down. The narrow flower tubes at the top of the plant are about one inch long, enclosed by yellow-tipped sepals.

Photo © copyright by Matt Payne.

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