September 18-20, 2017
With three days off work I started with a drive on the Cape Royal Road where the fall colors were taking off. The show was particularly brilliant in the 2000 Outlet burn with a carpet of young aspen among the few remaining standing dead pine trunks. The neon colors were so bright they almost hurt my eyes.
While in some places only a few select branches or individual trees had turned to gold. I thought fall was earlier than usual but as I looked back in my fall photo files it seems about right time wise.
A quick stop at Vista Encantada overlook to check on a particular clump of aspen along the rim which had not turned yet. I did enjoy a pair of Ravens sharing secrets overhead. Golden needles on the Ponderosa Pine drop about every 5-7 years.
One year old aspen stand three feet tall among their frozen families from last year’s Fuller Fire near the Point Imperial turn. (Foliage freeze is a unusual phenomenon during a fire that cooks the moisture from the tree and leaves without actually burning them.)
Back on pavement I headed to Jacob Lake for a late lunch and because I planned to shop in Kanab the next day found a place not far from Jacob Lake with a good internet signal and hunkered in out of the wind.
Seems gold with a little red are the colors of this season.