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.
This is the north fork of the South Platte River. We are ducks, so we love water.
The mountain and changing aspen are also beautiful. This greeted us as we neared the summit of Kenosha Pass.
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.
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.
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.
This is a wonderful place to camp, enjoying the Colorado colors. Every direction you look, you see so many aspens in their fall colors.
The roads had lots of traffic and the parking areas were almost full.
But hiking wasn’t crowded at all.
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.
We love to see the changing leaves in the fall. We hope you enjoy the changing colors in your area also.