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Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

The annual event begins July 7 and runs through July 16 in the Colorado mountain town. For more information visit www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com Photos by Christian Murdock

A hiker is surrounded by flowering lupine Monday, July 3, 2017, as she hikes the Deer Creek trail near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A hiker is surrounded by flowering lupine Monday, July 3, 2017, as she hikes the Deer Creek trail near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Columbine grows Monday, July 3, 2017 in a meadow in Washington Gulch outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival beings July 7 and runs through July 16.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Columbine grows Monday, July 3, 2017 in a meadow in Washington Gulch outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival beings July 7 and runs through July 16. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mt. Gothic towers above Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole as they walk through the flowering lupines Monday, July 3, 2017, back to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic for lunch. The two college students spent the morning working in the wildflowers near the Deer Creek Trailhead. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Mt. Gothic towers above Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole as they walk through the flowering lupines Monday, July 3, 2017, back to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic for lunch. The two college students spent the morning working in the wildflowers near the Deer Creek Trailhead. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Margaret McNeil of Seattle, Wash., walks through the flowering lupines Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Margaret McNeil of Seattle, Wash., walks through the flowering lupines Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A ray of sunlight spotlights the blue columbine Monday, July 3, 2017, in an aspen grove near Washington Gulch outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival beings July 7 and runs through July 16.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A ray of sunlight spotlights the blue columbine Monday, July 3, 2017, in an aspen grove near Washington Gulch outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival beings July 7 and runs through July 16. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A mule’s ear sunflower blooms Monday, July 3, 2017, in the Washington Gulch area outside Crested Butte. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A mule’s ear sunflower blooms Monday, July 3, 2017, in the Washington Gulch area outside Crested Butte. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A ray of sunlight spotlights the blue columbine Monday, July 3, 2017, in an aspen grove near Washington Gulch outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival beings July 7 and runs through July 16.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A ray of sunlight spotlights the blue columbine Monday, July 3, 2017, in an aspen grove near Washington Gulch outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival beings July 7 and runs through July 16. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Indian paintbrush blooms on a hillside Monday, July 3, 2017, in the Washington Gulch area outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7 and runs through July 16 in the Colorado mountain town.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Indian paintbrush blooms on a hillside Monday, July 3, 2017, in the Washington Gulch area outside Crested Butte, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7 and runs through July 16 in the Colorado mountain town. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole search for butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole search for butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole search for butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole search for butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole catch butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole catch butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Blue columbine blooms near Gothic, Colo. Monday, July 3, 2017. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Blue columbine blooms near Gothic, Colo. Monday, July 3, 2017. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Blue columbine blooms near Gothic, Colo. Monday, July 3, 2017. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Blue columbine blooms near Gothic, Colo. Monday, July 3, 2017. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wildflowers begin to bloom as the snow melts on 11,250-foot Paradise Divide outside Crested Butte, Colo.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wildflowers begin to bloom as the snow melts on 11,250-foot Paradise Divide outside Crested Butte, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Liam Price, 9, of Colorado Springs plays in the snow on 11,250-foot Paradise Divide outside Crested Butte.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Liam Price, 9, of Colorado Springs plays in the snow on 11,250-foot Paradise Divide outside Crested Butte. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole catch butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7 and runs through July 16 in the Colorado mountain town. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Michael Rada, left, and J.T. Poole catch butterflies among the flowering lupine as they do research for the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Monday, July 3, 2017, near Gothic, Colo. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7 and runs through July 16 in the Colorado mountain town. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Lupine blooms near Gothic, Colo. Monday, July 3, 2017. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Lupine blooms near Gothic, Colo. Monday, July 3, 2017. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival begins July 7. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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