Fall Colors 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Getting out on the last weekend of September to check out the fall colors in Colorado is kind of a tradition of mine, and this year would be no different, even if the colors are a little behind this year. On Saturday, Kelly and I headed up to the San Juan Mountains between Ouray and Silverton for a day trip just to see how the colors were. We found the best color between Ouray and Red Mountain Pass with the best display around Ironton Park and Crystal Lake. Lucky for us, a recent storm had capped the surrounding mountains with fresh snow, too! We spent the morning hiking around Crystal Lake and taking plenty of photos.
The Red Mountains reflected in the rippled water of Crystal Lake.
The colors of fall reflected on the water below.
Red Mountain #1 coated with fresh snow and framed by aspen trees.
There was a very thin layer of ice on this small tarn that reflects Red Mountain #1
Kelly stops for a photo as we hiked through a grove of aspen trees.
The Red Mountains and calmer water.
Closeup of this vibrant mountainside.
Hiking back to the Jeep.
Brown Mountain covered in fresh snow above aspen changing from green to gold.
On the road to Ironton.
Changing colors and snow-capped peaks over Red Mountain Creek.
Of course, I had to take a photo of the famous Yankee Girl.
Red Mountain #2 visible between tall pine trees.
Before heading back home for the day we made a quick trip up to the Dallas Divide to see how the colors were coming along. As I figured, there was still a lot of green, but I did like the light on Mount Sneffels and the hills in the foreground.