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!