September 29, 2015

Painted Landscape

Last weekend, the aspens were in their peak autumn finery. Most turn gold, but some sport a fashionable auburn color.
As we climbed the hills north of Strawberry Reservoir, we looked down upon meadows bordered by aspen and spruce.  (You can see the reservoir at the top of the photo.)
Aspen gold is particularly beautiful when backlit by the sun.
Medallion leaves cover this aspen lined trail.
The forest dwarfs a horse and rider, making us realize how small we are compared to nature's vast beauty.

September 23, 2015

Early Autumn Colors

On the trails north of Strawberry Reservoir, the aspens are starting to change.  The elk mating season has begun, and the bulls announce their presence with bugling. The small herd we spotted didn't hang around long enough to be photographed.
Daisy has a grand time sniffing for elk and running with her horses.
On Tibble Fork, maple reds dominate in the higher terrain, with Timpanogas in the background.
while narrow leaf cottonwoods and box elder begin to change along the stream.
Steve and Coco in Tibble Fork
Autumn colors dress the mountains in splendor.  Another week, and colors will be at their prime.


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