Divide Road Loop

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Since I returned home from my Arizona Strip and Southern Utah trip a day early, I thought it might be a good idea to take a drive up on the Uncompahgre Plateau to see if there were any fall colors left to photograph. Unfortunately, what I found was either the aspen trees were still green, or they had changed colors and the leaves had already fallen off. It seemed like there was no in-between up there. It was a very strange fall season this year, so it appears that I am not going to be taking any good fall color photos this year. I guess I will have to try again next year. Here’s a few photos from my drive up on Divide Road.

After climbing up to Divide Road from Jacks Canyon and Unaweap Canyon I soon entered the Uncompahgre National Forest.

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Uncompahgre National Forest by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Divide Road on top of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

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Divide Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Not a great photo, but I found this scene interesting. It looks like all the trees here are growing away from the one in the middle.

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Outwards by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

An aspen forest with very little color on top.

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Aspen Trunks by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Clouds above the Uncompahgre. Also some of the aspen forests I hoped had changed color.

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Aspen Forests by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There was some melting snow as I got higher on the plateau that caused the road to get muddy in places.

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Melting Snow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After reaching Cottonwood Pass, I turned left and took 25 Mesa Road back down to Delta and then I took the highway back home to Grand Junction. While I may not have found any spectacular fall colors this trip, at least I had a nice afternoon drive before going back to work.

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