A week ago, the first aspen leaves were turning at 9000 feet.
Now, a few groves have changed completely.
Most are bright gold, but some have a reddish tint.
Steve and Boss ride through sage, past an old corral. The willows along an aptly named Willow Creek are below them. Aspens, some gold and others still green, decorate the hills above.
Along Willow Creek, only a few purple thistle still bloom.
Yellow Daisy stands beside a yellow serviceberry bush, with a big gray hornet's nest in its branches. We rode right past that nest. It's low enough to be a real hazard. Fortunately, it doesn't appear to be active. Note Daisy's orange neckerchief. We all wear orange from mid-August until the snow falls. We want the hunters to see us, even if we don't see them!
On a clear day, riding the high country surrounding Currant Creek Peak is like following a path to the sky.
Boss has a fine view of Mount Timpanogas.
The cows of ranchers who hold the grazing allottment also enjoy great scenery. Cows dot the range from late June to early September.
The meadows are simply vast. Note that the aspens have not yet changed to gold, but that will happen in the next few weeks.
A hawk hangs on to the top of a tree even as a brisk wind sways his perch.
Along the little west fork of the Duchesne, we saw this critter. We can't tell for sure if it's a fox or a coyote because of the distance and blurry photo. Sheep graze on that side of the range. A Great Pyrenees guard dog, as big and white as the sheep, chased away the predator as we watched.
The V at the top of the graffiti chain (rocking V bar?) is the ranch brand seen on the cattle.