Southern End of the Rockies

Alpine flowers on Santa Fe Baldy, looking to Lake Peak, Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico, August 2010.

Just for fun, though it’s not too bad for midday light, I suppose. This is the top of Santa Fe Baldy in the Pecos Wilderness, looking south towards Lake Peak. These are the southernmost peaks of the Rockies, down at the tip of the Sangre de Cristo Range. South of here, nothing gets to true alpine elevations until the Mexican volcanoes (though Sierra Blanca in southern New Mexico comes very close).

After some effort, I was able to identify the peculiar alpine thistle: Cirsium eatonii var. eriocephalum. A big thanks to Al at the highly-recommended Southwest Colorado Wildflowers site for help with this one!

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