Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fall colors

I spent a few days on the western slope of Colorado this past weekend to see what this season's fall colors were like. The summer there has been warmer than usual without a cold snap to really get the color going, so the color season is starting later than usual. I'm guessing it'll be nearing their peak color in the next week or two.

There were three areas I went to: Capitol Peak, Grand Mesa, and McClure Pass. Capitol Peak and Grand Mesa were very enjoyable although I thought they had yet to hit their peak. McClure Pass seemed to be on the downswing as many of the aspen trees had dull yellow leaves and in some cases were already dropping them. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed my visit there.

Here is a few pictures taken up on both Capitol Peak and Grand Mesa:

More aspen fall color goodness along the road.
Aspen leaf on the ground

(Shot with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm zoom; matrix-metered; sunlight white balance; normal JPG.)


  1. WwOW! Those are beautiful. My favorite is the second one, but in fact, I love them all

  2. WOW!!! These are stunning pics! I am from the East and only get to vacation out that way occasionally so these do a great job of bringing back fond memories. I can't imagine living out that way!

  3. You got some gorgeous color shots! Too bad you'll miss driving through Pennsylvania next week.

    If you'd like to see gorgeous Colorado pictures, visit a friend of mine at Her blog is absolutely stunning!

  4. @couplahounds: i do miss the aspens that turned red-orange this time. but the golden color i did see was plenty for me.

    @carrie: i'll have to settle for seeing fall colors from the plane as i go to dewey.