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Wildflower Photography in White River National Forest

Backpacker readers & editors hit the trail for 4 days in search of beautiful photos. Exploring Lead King Basin behind of Snowmass Mountain, we found a wildflower paradise all our own, with poster-worthy views every step of the way.
Photos by Genny Fullerton
To learn more about the trip and see the photos from field editor Steve Howe and the readers who attended, check out
  • The super-macro mode on the Olympus TG-2 iHS allows you to get really close to the subject. It's great for wildflowers and bugs.
  • This is Chris Scott the winner of the Olympus Photo Safari Contest. It was great to get to know him and all the other participants. The flowers in the foreground were up to his shoulders!
  • a carpet of wildflowers with shade in the background
  • We camped for three nights at Site 5, above Geneva Lake
  • Backpacker photo intern and a reader from California bonded on the hike down from Trail Rider Pass.
  • You can get a fisheye (extra wide angle) lens for the Olympus point and shoot, allowing for really fun trail portraits. Reader Stan Nassano is from Kentucky and explores Colorado's mountains each summer.
  • Elephant heads only grow in very wet areas, like the shores of lakes.
  • Indian paintbrush can be found in an aray of tones.
  • Pictures of people taking pictures... that's what happens when everyone's got a new camera in their hands.
  • The Olympus TG-2 iHS is totally waterproof. You can even take the additional lenses on and off under the water!
  • With the rainbow of colors surrounding us, these drops of water sparkled like simple little diamonds against their green background.
  • Near the trailhead, the aspen groves begged us to return for fall foliage season next.
The super-macro mode on the Olympus TG-2 iHS allows you to get really close to the subject. It's great for wildflowers and bugs.
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The super-macro mode on the Olympus TG-2 iHS allows you to get really close to the subject. It's great for wildflowers and bugs.


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