29 September 2017

Stardate 2017.745

Here Today
Gone Tomorrow
Another Secret Stash

Snowcatcher and I made a mad dash to the west slope for some aspen color in some of the state's better autumn color palettes. Old man winter just edged us out in places. Despite lots of wet and white, we still took in some color. The day was very long; yet it was worth every minute.

We'll start the post at about the 10,000-foot level of elevation. This is the transition elevation between the Montane (aspen/spruce) and Subalpine (spruce) forests at this latitude. The weather was cold, windy, slippery, and taking a toll on leaves. Onward and upward into the clouds...

Needle Rock: To the left, and out of view, is the English mansion and estate of the late Joe Cocker (think 60s music and Woodstock). He operated a restaurant in nearby Crawford for years. Peaks of the West Elk Wilderness rise in the background.

This pic is from high on the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River.

Below is a short reach of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

North Rim of the Black Canyon


Dusk caught us at the base of 13,822-foot Mount Silverheels. This is the 96th tallest peak in Colorado.

The End!

Hopefully more leaf adventures to come.


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