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Colorado’s gold

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These are some of our captured images while on a day trip Saturday (Sept. 26th). We had beautiful blue skies of over 100 miles in a day taking in the color, sights and sounds of the rising majestic Colorado Rockies northwest of Fort Collins, Co., in the Roosevelt National Forest, along the Cache la Poudre River, west across Cameron Pass Summit (10,000 + ft. elevation) and down into a valley where marshland and wetlands is the habitat of moose, elk, bear and other wildlife. All of this lies in a serene setting surrounded in a bowl of mountain ridges that rise into the skies like the jagged backbone of a dragon with the quaint little town of Walden nestled below and mountain folks reside. Every year the many hunters, fishermen, photographers, tourists, climbers and hikers come through this way to view the changing colors from summer to autumn. We make it an annual trip to view the aspens’ green leaves of summer turn golden-yellow with shades of orange and rust to merge together in a kaleidoscope of color. This is only one of the many popular routes or scenic highway drives seen crowded with cars going up into the high country for the views, but the state is awash with images, videos and stories of everyone’s adventure to capture Colorado ‘gold’. I am just an amateur at best with my little digital Nikon Coolpix or Sony video cam, so this is just a sampling of shots taken this year. But, the memories made and the scenes captured make it an unforgettable day trip.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2015)

Shades of Autumn

Aspen trees in Roosevelt National Forest, Larimer County, Colorado
photo: Joyce E. Johnson


There stands a forest

Below snow-covered peaks where

A grove of Aspen,

Autumn’s golden shades

Grows beating nature’s fury

Undaunted and strong;

Mere flecks of yellow

In a mass of tall pine trees

Like a flower show.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2013)

Autumn in the Colorado Rockies

Autumn in the Colorado Rockies
Photograph taken on the Peak to Peak Highway,
between Estes Park, and Nederland, Co.

Shades of green and sage,

fading fast; they yield and turn

for the Aspens that brandish yellow

 golden jewels of Autumn

under a bright, September sun.

Colors shimmer on the pond,

their reflection mirrored back

 fill the canvas with shapes and hues

   of trees that shiver and soon will drop

those now crisp falling leaves

 yielding to the season’s weather,

they gather on the ground.

Joyce E. Johnson (Sept., 2012)

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