October 1, 2005
Fall Color in the Colorado Rockies
I spent the last week of September in
Rocky Mountain National Park and was able to witness fall in
the Rockies for the first time. When I arrived, I was struck
by the vibrant aspen gold that was already splashed across
many mountainsides. I was worried that I had missed the peak
color, but in reality the views got better each and every day
that I was in the park.
Below you will see some of the images
that I gathered from both the west and east sides of the park.
The colors did appear just as vivid in real life, although
colorful aspens are not found at every turn. In reality it
took diligence, hiking, repeat visits, and many photographs to
create this collection.
As day length decreases and the
non-chlorophyll pigments begin to dominate plant leaves, many
of us across the United States are treated to tremendous (if
sometimes brief) displays of memorable colors. Do not think
that you have to travel across the country to see beautiful
autumn scenes. If aspens do not grace your landscape, instead
look for the colorful oaks of the upper midwest, cottonwoods
and sumac of the plains, maples of the east, or a variety of
other species. Get out there and enjoy the show!!