Colorful Colorado in the Autumn 2016 with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

The days are getting shorter.   The nights are getting colder.   It is time to go to the mountains to see the gold among the pines.   Yesterday we drove Highway 285 southwest from Denver to Kenosha Pass.   This is a favorite fall viewing area for changing leaves.   On the way, we stopped to see this river.

North Fork of the South Platte River

North Fork of the South Platte River

This is the north fork of the South Platte River.   We are ducks, so we love water.

North Fork of the South Platte River

North Fork of the South Platte River

The mountain and changing aspen are also beautiful.   This greeted us as we neared the summit of Kenosha Pass.

Kenosha Pass in the autumn

Kenosha Pass in the autumn

Wow!   We love the pine trees mixed in with the aspen, now some green, some red, some orange, and most are vibrant yellow.   Here we are, sitting on the car, looking across a wet area.

It was too windy for us, but we saw everything from inside the car.

It was too windy for us, but we saw everything from inside the car.

This will be our last photo here.   It is windy and we blew off the car.   Lucky for us, mom chased and found us.   Such beautiful colors, but for only a short time.

Colors and fence in foreground

Colors and fence in foreground

Leaves change colors when they die, so they will blow off the trees; rain and snow will also pull them to the ground.   This is a great hiking road in a campground.

Hiking in campground

Hiking in campground

This is a wonderful place to camp, enjoying the Colorado colors.   Every direction you look, you see so many aspens in their fall colors.

Such color

Such color

The roads had lots of traffic and the parking areas were almost full.

Many enjoying Colorado colors

Many enjoying Colorado colors

But hiking wasn’t crowded at all.

Hiking this beautiful day.

Hiking this beautiful day.

It is nice to see so many people enjoying the nice weather and the beautiful fall colors.   On the television and in the newspaper, many long time photographers said that this is an exceptional year for leaves.   Our aspen do not have the big leaves or the bright reds of the maple trees in other parts of the country, but our small leaves shimmer in the sunlight and look beautiful with the green pine trees, granite mountains and the Colorado blue sky.   For a short time the aspens are orange and red also.   This was a treat to see the group of red aspen by the road.

Red aspen

Red aspen

We love to see the changing leaves in the fall.   We hope you enjoy the changing colors in  your area also.

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