Fall Color Starting Early in Southwestern Colorado
I took this shot Friday—it’s the western approach to Stony Pass in San Juan County, Colorado. Note the yellow tundra and a few yellow leaves on trees.
Fall color is already showing itself at the end of August, a couple weeks early. The tundra, which had been green only a couple weeks ago, is turning yellow in spite of recent rains. Yes, I did enhance the photo for contrast and to bring out the sky, but one thing I did not do was touch any color adjustments!
Here’s another shot, this time of Lake Como, taken the same day. It shows
how the tundra is changing color quite rapidly.
Lake Como is the headwaters of the Uncompahgre River. The lake sits well above tree line. The tundra, which was green only a week or so ago, is now turning yellow, even though we’ve been having lots of rain.
Normally the last week in September is the best week for fall color in Southwestern Colorado, but “they” are saying it might be early. I’ll keep a close eye on it and let you know.
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