Autumnal Equinox | Fall Colors 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
After getting home from the San Juan Mountains on Sunday, I turned my attention to photographing local fall colors this week. I did a little research online and found that the colors up on the Grand Mesa were looking pretty good right now, so I decided to head up there after work. I spent much of the evening photographing the colors between Spruce Point, Mesa Lakes and Skyway Point since they were looking pretty good in this area. The clearing clouds from the weekend storms created dynamic lighting conditions and a beautiful magenta sunset. It was a nice way to spend the evening. While I didn’t plan it this way, it just so happens that today was also the autumnal equinox, the official beginning of the fall season, so I guess it’s fitting that I was out photographing fall colors today. Before I get to the photos, I’d also like to point out that this is the 600th trip report posted on this blog!
This vibrant group of aspen trees caught my attention as I drove by, so I had to stop and get a closer look.
A rainbow of color: yellows, greens, reds and oranges.
Tracks in the fallen leaves along a Forest Service road.
A group of golden aspen along the rocky shore of Mesa Lake.
A tunnel of yellow aspen trees curve over the road.
View over the West Bench from near Skyway Point.
Chalk Mountain framed by fall colors.
I really like this one.
A colorful drive along the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway.
The view from Skyway Point shortly before sunset.
I like the layers in this one.
A beautiful magenta sunset over the West Bench.