It’s a tradition here in Colorado to visit somewhere in our gorgeous state in September to see the aspen leaves change. Saturday we took the day to go look at the changing aspen leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The main road through Rocky Mountain National Park connects Estes Park on the east side to Grand Lake on the west side. The road closes once the first snow flies as snow plows cannot keep up with the snow removal. The road typically opens around Memorial Day but it takes snow plow drivers about a week to clear the road. The summit of Trail Ridge Road is 12,183 feet. When you get to 11,500 feet you are above treeline and the vegetation makes up a fragile Tundra ecosystem.
We haven’t had a lot of rain this year so the colors are amazingly bright this year. When you’re driving or walking through them it feels like you’re walking through a tunnel of sunshine.
You can also see that we have a very serious Mountain Pine Beetle problem in Colorado. These critters tend to go after lodge-pole and ponderosa pine trees. The grey that you see in the photos is the dead trees that have been impacted by the Pine Beetle.
Speaking of Autumn… have you seen the Handmade Halloween Link Party that Bernie at Needle and Foot is hosting on October 4? Be sure to visit Bernie’s website to get more information. I’m working on a tutorial for a mini that I designed and I am excited to share it with you!