I love the distinct seasons that we have here. Each sets the stage for the next. Clouds here seem to rule everything. Besides adding beauty and drama to the landscape they bring rain and snow of course, shelter us from the sun when it’s harsh and keep us warm when they over settle in over us during cold winter nights. They also provide a means of forecasting the short-range weather, once you learn how to read them.
What was the temperature when this shot was taken? I just heard on the noon news that Denver was getting snow, but is supposed to be back in the 70’s next week.
Is that blowing snow or clouds off in the distant mountains?
It was probably about 30 because the snow had not begun to melt at all. It was about 10 degrees colder at the trail head nearly 2000 feet higher up. The mountains all had a layer of snow and clouds hanging in around their tops. Patches of fog were clinging to the draws and canyons, typical of Fall weather and something I love to see.
Another jaw-dropping photo. Our leaves are pretty close to peak right now. I’ve been tied up indoors though, so I haven’t had much opportunity to try taking pictures. Not that I’m any good at landscapes (which is all the more reason to take them).
I’m still concerned about the fall colors around here this year. I’ve seen some trees that changed almost immediately from green to brown. Others haven’t started to turn yet. The larch is just starting to show a little lime green.
This was just at the lower edge of the snow at about 4000 feet and the temperature was about 25F; the other photo was taken at about 6200 feet and therefore it was probably about 12 degrees colder or 13F. My recall of what it felt like says that is just about right.
I’m very concerned that we will have few good colors this year. I see a lot of leaves that have turned directly from green to brown.
A snow this time of year is pretty typical here. It has mostly melted already and the temps are supposed to go up into the 60’s next week. I sense though the there will be weak showing of colors this year because of the drought. I hope I’m wrong!
I thought of you last week when I heard Montana and North Dakota were getting snow. My daughter, who moved from Dickinson, ND to Tallahassee, FL over the summer, told me she heard about the weather, too. I think she was smiling when she told me. 😉