Early Fall Colors, Abajo Mountains, Utah

Abajo Mountains, early fall colors.

Abajo Mountains, early fall colors.

A slow, glorious autumn has been progressing in the Four Corners region. Cool nights and warm sunny days. No big cold snaps yet.

I have heard reports of terrible (almost nonexistent) fall colors in much of Colorado, other than the San Juan Mountain Range. The early summer rains — so appreciated for making the region so lush this growing season — was also good for an aspen leaf fungus to prosper. Nothing serious, it’s temporary. But it affects the aspen trees, making them feel like dropping their leaves early. We shall see how this plays out over the next couple of weeks.

Quaking Aspen foliage, Abajo Mountains, Utah.

Quaking Aspen fall foliage, Abajo Mountains, Utah. 

This week I went to the Abajo Mountains, a very small but beautiful mountain range within the Manti-La Sal National Forest just west of Monticello, Utah. The higher forest stands had some nice colors going, especially on the north side of the range.

Thunderhead cloud over the Abajos.

Thunderhead cloud over the Abajos.

Afterward, climbing up onto Cedar Mesa, large raindrops splattered my windshield. So I pulled over to get out an enjoy the spontaneous shower, and the gorgeous clouds that produced it.

Rain cloud over Cedar Mesa.

Rain cloud over Cedar Mesa.

Photo location: San Juan County, southeast Utah.

© Copyright 2015 Stephen J. Krieg

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