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Fall colors 2013

Postby djkest » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:06 pm

I found some Aspens that were already turning on 9/5. Just above the Capitol "ditch" trail around 10k feet.

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Yes, only a few, but it was still exciting. On the "ditch" trail there were a bunch of golden leaves dotting the muddy trail that had very recently fallen.

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby Presto » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:08 pm

As if none of us have ever come back with a cool, quasi-epic story instead of being victim to tragic rockfall, a fatal stumble, a heart attack, an embolism, a lightning strike, a bear attack, collapsing cornice, some psycho with an axe, a falling tree, carbon monoxide, even falling asleep at the wheel getting to a mountain. If you can't accept the fact that sometimes "s**t happens", then you live with the illusion that your epic genius and profound wilderness intelligence has put you in total and complete control of yourself, your partners, and the mountain. How mystified you'll be when "s**t happens" to you! - FM

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby tlongpine » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:25 pm

Presto wrote:viewtopic.php?t=41555&p=503487#p503487


That thread is a query about why/where/what color might turn, with submitted photos from years past years as example.

This thread (the one you're reading now) appears to be an attempt to archive current Fall Foliage.

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby Presto » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:45 pm

:oops: Duly noted ... as you were.
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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby djkest » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:48 am

I know it's a bit premature, but I'm excited for the fall colors. Hopefully after this weekend we'll start getting some submissions.
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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby JTOlson26 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:27 pm

I was hoping this thread would pop up soon! Over the next three to four weeks I am sure things will be turning pretty rapidly. I can't wait to see some of the great photography. Even though the colors are often limited to yellow, the, often, light coating of snow with the evergreens and the mountains as a backdrop make fall foliage in general one of my favorite scenes.

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby bbutzin » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:29 pm

Is this odd September monsoon going to delay the fall colors, or speed them up, any thoughts?

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby SilverLynx » Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:06 pm

bbutzin wrote:Is this odd September monsoon going to delay the fall colors, or speed them up, any thoughts?

An interesting article about fall colors.

"Temperature, sunlight, and soil moisture greatly influence the quality of the fall foliage display. Abundant sunlight and low temperatures after the time the abscission layer forms cause the chlorophyll to be destroyed more rapidly. Cool temperatures, particularly at night, combined with abundant sunlight, promote the formation of more anthocyanins. Freezing conditions destroy the machinery responsible for manufacturing anthocyanins, so early frost means an early end to colorful foliage. Drought stress during the growing season can sometimes trigger the early formation of the abscission layer, and leaves may drop before they have a chance to develop fall coloration. A growing season with ample moisture that is followed by a rather dry, cool, sunny autumn that is marked by warm days and cool but frostless nights provides the best weather conditions for development of the brightest fall colors. Lack of wind and rain in the autumn prolongs the display; wind or heavy rain may cause the leaves to be lost before they develop their full color potential."
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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby ajkagy » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:00 pm

whole patches of aspens are going off in crested butte already, but for the most part it's still pretty green, hopefully i'll get some good pictures this week with the nicer weather.
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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby pw » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:01 am

I went through my fall photos of the last few years to check the dates, everything was shot between 9/24 to 10/3, with most of them being shot from 9/26 to 9/30. The 10/3 day was near Ridgway, still some good color in the trees that year (2011). So next week should be good if things are on their normal schedule.

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby TeamDino5280 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:43 am

This is from last week in Clear Creek County

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Re: Fall colors 2013

Postby pseudoghost » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:34 am

Went over independence pass this weekend. Still very green. Peak color might be delayed by a week or more this year due to all the rain. I'd say next weekend will be the first decent weekend...

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