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Birthday Colors

26 Sep
Aspen trees against the dark backdrop of fir and spruce trees.

Aspen trees against the dark backdrop of fir and spruce trees.

 

I went out wandering in the fall colors this morning.  I think what makes the Rocky Mountain autumn so striking is the contrast between the bright yellows, oranges and reds, against the dark background of the evergreen trees.

In other parts of the the state, the stands of aspen are huge.  A friend in Aspen (the aptly named town) takes these photos.

I am very enamored with the way water droplets bead on aspen leaves.

 

Aspen Leaves

Aspen Leaves

 

And doubled enamored when the leaves are floating down a stream.

 

Aspen leaves with dual sparkles near the stem.  (Click for larger.)

Aspen leaves with dual sparkles near the stem. (Must click for larger.)

 

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  1. Rob

    September 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Great aspen shots. Around here, last autumn, everything just turned brown and fell off the trees. The colors have been grand this year.

     
    • randyg

      October 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I hear all kinds of folklore regarding when the aspen change and what will cause better colors one year over a another year. But with my casual observance, I’d say there is no magical occurrence or ingredient. It’s probably a complex combination of things.

       
  2. Just Jane

    September 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Stunning.

    Happy birthday, my friend.

     
    • randyg

      October 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Thank you!

       
  3. Liz

    September 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    What gorgeous colours, and photographs!

    Happy Birthday, I hope you had a good day.

    Hugs

    Liz

     
    • randyg

      October 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

      My birthday was one of the best! Thank you!

       
  4. Lara

    September 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful. It’s a nice time of year for a birthday.

     
    • randyg

      October 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

      A birthday this time of year gives me a great excuse to take some time off to enjoy the colors. 🙂

       
 
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