photo essay: fall color in the rockies, 2015…

Erin, stylin' on the trail...
Erin, stylin’ on the trail…
Sign at the trailhead...
Sign at the trailhead…

It’s that time of year again here in Colorado… that time when fall has come and we head to the high country to view the annual extravaganza of the aspen leaves turning bright yellow, gold, and orange against a backdrop of the dark green of the evergreens and purplish mountains and a deep blue cloudless sky. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you know it’s a yearly thing we do. We’ve finally reached fall – favorite time of the year – and the temperatures are also finally getting cooler as we head toward winter. This year Erin and I combined our customary drives with a lot more hiking – last week Chief Mountain, this week on the other side of the divide, on the Western Slope.

Hiking on the Lenawee Trail, Summit County, Colorado.
Hiking on the Lenawee Trail, Summit County near Montezuma and Keystone, Colorado.
On the trail, early morning...
On the trail, early morning…
Climbing upwards through a shorter aspen forest...
Climbing upwards through a shorter aspen forest…
And looking back down the trail we've hiked so far...
And looking back down the trail we’ve hiked so far… This one is a bit surreal, the leaves like little flecks of gold rising up into the sky.

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The aspen forest on the Lenawee Trail... We missed the peak color here by about a week. There were many leaves on the trail at 10,600 feet...
The aspen forest on the Lenawee Trail… We missed the peak color here by about a week. There were many leaves on the ground already at 10,600 feet…

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The town of Montezuma from the Lenawee Trail...
The town of Montezuma from the Lenawee Trail…

lenawee9Eventually you leave the aspens after about the first mile-and-a-quarter of the trail. The Lenawee Trail itself is steep for the first 2.25 miles, then levels off a little bit after that to its crest at about 12,850 feet on a saddle on the backside of the A-Basin Ski Area off of US Hwy. 6, down from Loveland Pass toward Keystone. We didn’t go all the way to the top this time… maybe next time. Coming down it seemed surprisingly warm for this time of year and there was no snow on the surrounding mountains; it has been very dry for the last month-and-a-half. As ski season is supposed to begin in 3 weeks at A-Basin and Loveland, I would imagine the snow-making machines will be working overtime from now through then.

Looking west down the valley toward Keystone and Dillon...
Looking west down the valley toward Keystone and Dillon…

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Nights on Venus News:
Currently finishing up on the song “Lightning Trees” which makes 4 songs complete with more in the queue for Unearthly; I’m thinking this EP/album will be either 6 or 8 songs to be released at the end of 2015 or early 2016. Here is a mastered demo from the forthcoming album, the song, “All Become One”… another song to follow in the coming weeks.

ALL BECOME ONE
(© 2015 Nights on Venus/Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.)

Santos“, a 4-song EP was released in July and is available now on CD Baby,  Bandcamp,  iTunes/AppleMusic, and Amazon MP3.

Nights on Venus, "Santos"... to be released July 8, 2015...
Nights on Venus, “Santos”… released on July 8, 2015…
"Perspective," the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover. Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, eMusic, Bandcamp, and the NoV website.
“Perspective,” the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover. Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, eMusic, Bandcamp, and the NoV website.

Perspective” and all previous albums  from Nights on Venus are available as MP3 digital downloads on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, and the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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