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Peak Color

By Ann Driggers

 

Fall this year has been transcendent, the colors better than I can ever remember, and the weather, save for a few storms, just pitch perfect. The leaves started to turn early this year it seemed and I was woried it would all be over in a hot moment. But no, it was just the beginning of an extended display of nature at her best, holding us in rapture for several weeks. Every opportunity I have taken to get out and soak it all in, this intense but fleeting season.

Every year the aspens around Thomas Lakes at the base of Mount Sopris are the first I find to turn en masse. After work one evening I hotfooted it up to the lakes and caught them aspens glowing in the last of the days light:

Aspens along the Ditch trail on Basalt Mountain were the next to go so this area became my favorite place to ride after work:

And then the whole world just erupted in color and my head was spinning with all the places to go. looking straight across the valley...

Looking to the sky....

And down on the ground...

Even when it rained it was a delight to be outside amongst the glowing aspens...

And when it snowed fall went to a whole nother level of gorgeousness...

In short there is one picture that can sum up the past month and this is it:

No words other than this fall has been the best!

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