Fall colors have mostly passed their peak, at least in the areas I've been venturing. However, the beginning of this month was the perfect time to catch them in the act. Finding trees in the process of passing the peak proved to be a bit difficult as heavy late season precipitation changed the way the trees would progress through their fall best. However, with a bit of research and a LOT of driving, more than enough amazing colors were found to satisfy the inner photographer.
My parents came out to visit me during my fall break in early October. We ended up taking several epic drives to see not only the colors but a bit of wildlife as well. No thanks to the government here as we originally wanted to visit Rocky Mountain National Park but had to adjust at the last minute. The adjustments were nice however, and I got to explore some new territory as well as covering some of my old stomping grounds down towards Gunnison.
The first part of the trip featured a drive up the Poudre Canyon (what beautiful water!!!) and over Cameron Pass to North Park. We did this as a day trip. I would like to point out that while it is definitely a feasible day trip, it is much better as an overnighter. We took the next day to relax and hike close to home before embarking on another long drive.
Here are a few pictures from State Forest State Park and also along highway 14 between Fort Collins and Walden. As you can see below, a storm was moving in by the end of the day and provided some dramatic skies as the clouds began to lower. Next up, hiking the Flatirons during the first snow of the year!!!
Oh yeah, to keep the fishing theme going here, I will mention that I stopped at a small stream in the State Park and found some willing fish. Here is the nicest fish that I caught in about 20 minutes of fishing...