Rain saturates colors. Far from being a deterrent to good nature photography, it creates opportunities.
Thus I drove into the San Juan Mountains in San Miguel County in southwest Colorado, in the Telluride area.
The aspen colors were coming on nicely, due to the recent warm sunny days and cool nights. It was raining lightly but it wasn’t very windy, allowing for some beautiful images of colorful foliage.
Aspen fall colors are primarily bright yellow, as the tree stops producing chlorophyll, making the green color disappear and letting the other colors that were there all along become visible. So they don’t really “turn colors”, they just let summer’s green go.
Some aspen stands, and even individual trees, exhibit a lovely orange or red instead of gold.
On the way home I drove down the South Fork of the San Miguel River.
The clouds were obscuring the high peaks, but I had plenty to interest me. I stopped for a Gambel oak sapling that had vibrant red colors, much more red than most oaks get.
And the cherry red of wild rose hips.
As I continued west, away from the San Miguels, west of Norwood the clouds opened and the nearly setting sun turned the distant La Sal Mountains and the sky a brilliant gold.
And since it was still raining, directly opposite to the east the dark clouds formed the perfect backdrop for a full rainbow.
Photo location: San Miguel County, southwest Colorado.
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