Tuesday, October 4, 2011

FALL ARRIVES IN THE SAN JUAN RANGE CO 2011





At first, it appeared that fall was running a bit late. Then, suddenly, the color appeared almost overnight, and we had fresh snow on on the mountains. I made this image from a high point along Dallas Divide as the weather front was rolling over the San Juan's. The day before, I worked the Uncompahgre Plateau. It too, was in full color with a mix of storm clouds and sunshine. Two productive days are now behind me.

The color along the western front comes in stages, depending on the altitude. The image posted here was made at about the nine thousand foot level, and the aspen and lower ground cover were at their peak. My next project will include the cottonwoods which should be turning in another week or so. Here in the valley around Montrose, you have a third opportunity to capture brilliant colors, but more into mid October. The altitude here is about 5,700 feet.

There was fresh snow on the San Juan's yesterday, and as this frontal system moves through, there will be more. Perhaps the hot weather is finally behind us. It is time to drain the water and seal up the swamp cooler for another season.


To view a larger image, left click on the above.









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