Sunday, October 24, 2021

A Magnificent Fall in Colorado!

I have to declare that this has been the most lovely of all fall seasons that I have experienced living on the Colorado Front Range for the last 9 years!  We had a wet spring which allowed for the trees to grow healthy leaves and a warm fall with minor frost that has enabled them to keep their leaves for a long time.  The Emerald Ash tree growing in front of my house is a kaleidoscope of yellow, green, orange, and red leaves!  My oldest granddaughter is standing under it. and behind her is a neighbor's house.


Every time I look out my front window this season I see the glow of leaves from my tree and it makes my spirits soar.  One morning, as I raised my shades, I was treated to a group of deer sitting outside on my lawn.


As always, the deer were interested in what they could eat and enjoyed a salad of the "Snow on the Mountain" perennial plants growing under my tree.



The aspens have been lovely...



...and the cottonwood trees in our neighborhood also turned beautiful shades of yellow and orange.



It has been a colorful joy to walk on our trails and enjoy this autumn season.  Usually, by now we'd have had a hard frost or a snowfall, but this year flowers were still blooming and the wild prickly pear cacti actually grew fruit.



Early one morning we drove over to the nearby town of Golden, Colorado.


There we took a long stroll on paths along Clear Creek. 


Many interesting sculptures line the paths along the creek, and there was also a weekend Farmers' Market in town to enjoy and an outdoor history museum.


One of the foothills above Golden is 7,062-foot (2,152 m) Mount Zion, which is famous for its letter "M."  If you click on the collage above --click twice for full enlargement--you can read a placard that explains that the M is the symbol for the prestigious engineering Colorado School of Mines that is located in Golden. All freshmen attending the school climb the mountain and each adds a rock on the "M" which they can take with them when they graduate. This is a tradition that has been going on since 1908 when the M was first created. The "M" has been permanently lighted since 1932.  Can you spot the paraglides flying above Mount Zion?  That is a popular activity in good weather!



This is a photo taken from our moving car, as my husband and I were on our way to the airport to pick up our daughter from a business trip, but I wanted to show how the high Rocky Mountains in the distance behind the foothills have already had a few snowfalls. A few extra thousands of feet makes a big difference in weather, and some of the ski resorts are actually opening next week. 

I hope fall (or spring if you are in the southern hemisphere) is a beautiful season for you too!

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36 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat,

Love your pretty deer, they look very comfy and at home.
The fall colors are just beautiful, lovely post and photos.
Have a great day and a happy new week!

Laura | Everyday Edits said...

Hi Pat, We agree-the fall leaves are amazing this year in Colorado! We just got back from a NE trip and have a new appreciation for the foliage. Might need to take dogs to that trail in Golden! laura in Colorado

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Fall looks beautiful in your area!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Your golden leaves are stunning in a mass of trees. Love the sweet deer photos too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It has been a colorful Fall for your area. But you've lived there for 9 years....is that possible? I can't believe time has flown by! Love the deer and Golden Co pics! Thanks for sharing! The only thing golden here are the sunflowers. Hugs!

Hena Tayeb said...

Magnificent photos!

ellen b. said...

Definitely a beautiful fall in Colorado! Fun visit to Golden! Happy last week of October to you!

stevebethere said...

Absolutely beautiful love all the atumnic colurs too love this time of year :-)

Thanks for sharing 👍

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That Ash of yours, my word it is beautiful. It is almost like it is illuminated from within!

Colorado School of Mines is a great school. Their graduates run out of there on first jobs looking to make CEO. They are almost as bad as aggies from Texas A&M. (Just kidding I have a high regard for both schools and the people who go there).

Keep that cold white stuff in Colorado, we don't need it in Oklahoma.

margi said...

Lovely photos! Autumn is very beautiful and the deer is adorable.

Joanne said...

OH wow; what beautiful, vibrant colors this fall.

Hena Tayeb said...

So many stunning pictures. Absolutely gorgeous.

Angie said...

Pat - the first photo is truly stunning (and a special bonus with your granddaughter!) I also loved the first collage of Golden, with the water ... so pretty! Our aspens are barren already, but the tamaracks are spectacular torches throughout the landscape. Love autumn! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh my! Your Autumn colours are just wonderful, this is such a lovely time of year. Thank you for sharing these photographs.

Enjoy the week ahead.

All the best Jan

NCSue said...

STUNNING!
What gorgeous images! Fabulous colors.
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-old-mill.html

Ruth Hiebert said...

You certainly have stunning beauty all around you.

GranthamLynn said...

What a beautiful place to live.
Thanks for sharing.
And thanks for coming by my blog!

Lydia C. Lee said...

You've got eally gorgeous collection there - that bottom one tho,fantastic! #WWOAT

Jim said...

Beautiful Autumn colours.

Lorrie said...

Your autumn colours are magnificent, Pat. That's one big tree in your front yard. Your granddaughter looks so small under it. I've really enjoyed the colour here this autumn, too.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello said...

Stunning! The leaves are just starting to change in our area but nothing like what you have shared. Thanks for linking up this week. #HomeMattersParty

Jeanie said...

Pat, that color is magnificent and no photo pleases me more than the view from your window with the deer in your yard by that lovely tree. Would you believe everything here is still green? You might see a patch now and then but very little. Temps are in the 30s-50s so you'd think it would change soon! I hope it looks like yours.

Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Oh, so lovely! What a feast for the senses.
Enjoy the week...

Veronica Lee said...

So many lovely photos to enjoy, Pat!

I especially love the deer.

Fall certainly looks gorgeous in your corner of the world.

Barb said...

A beautiful tribute to fall in the foothills. Our fall took me by surprise. It was really one of the best I've experienced in 32 years of living at altitude, and it lasted longer than normal. Your ash tree is incredible! It's been snowing and blowing here for the past 2 days. Too much wind and weather today to take my walk.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful fall colours. The deer are good company.

LA Paylor said...

the trees were spectacular this year here too in Aurora. Not nearly as beautiful as Golden though. Your pics are gorgeous
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Lillian www.sognafaret.no said...

Thank you for showing me the place

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Gorgeous fall colors. It looks so odd to look out the window and see a deer on the front lawn!

Jim said...

Great shots.

Light and Voices said...

Greetings and Salutations! Lovely fall colors. Happy Halloween.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat,
Your trees are looking beautiful, cute shots of your granddaughter and the neighborhood trees. The deer are so pretty, they must really feel safe there.
The view of Golden and Clear Creek are beautiful and I love the view of the hills and the Rocky Mountains. Gorgeous post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

betty-NZ said...

So glad you shared these wonderful colors!


Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

Shiju Sugunan said...

Beautiful fall images. I like the deer photos too.

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Rambling Woods said...

Fall is hard on me with memories of loss and cancer but the colors are beautiful.....Michelle

Aritha said...

Love to see all your autumn photos. They are s beautiful.