Colorado aspen, rocky mountains, autumn

September Gold Rush

Colorado aspen, rocky mountains, autumn

Every year about the third weekend in September hordes of city dwelling Coloradoans head for the mountains in search of gold. While easterners may scoff at the single color fall foliage, we know better. We have felt the thrill of the hunt, driving for hours on steep and winding dirt roads up narrow mountain passes in search of the perfect shimmering aspen grove.
Sunshine is brighter here where the air is thin. On a perfect fall day the aspen leaves glisten across their golden spectrum, from the palest lemon to deep russet gold. I vividly remember one September wandering back roads in southern Colorado through miles of aspen of every yellow shade. I’ve never found that road again but the image remains.
Gift shops in mountain towns always offer the gilded leaves set as earrings and pendants. But like the dozens of snapshots we save every year, they don’t quite capture the beauty of the treasure in the trees.

Advertisements