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While examining an Aspen sunflower, Amy Iler talks to a tour group about the correlation of early snowmelt to the flowering of wildflowers in the Gothic area. If the flowers bloom too early, she said, they suffer frost damage.


GOTHIC — Scientist Amy Iler eyes a stand of Aspen sunflowers decorating a field in this former mining town outside Crested Butte and drops one of the numerous wildflower factoids visitors are to hear over the course of an early August morning.
The flowers often face east if there’s direct sunlight, which means they can serve as one form of guidepost for lost hikers

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