As the Labor Day weekend approaches, remembrances of past summer activities come to mind. Hiking in the High Uintas and a 10 day trip into the waterfall rich country of Oregon. Now as the warmer months begin to fade, my mind is turned to the most colorful time of year...... Autumn!
Autumn is the season I so look forward to with anticipation. Each year is different and unexpected. Two years ago a friend and I spent several days in the Dixie Nat'l Forest of southern Utah and captured some amazing images..... the colors were incredible and the conditions that prevailed were unequaled. The same location last year resulted in the aspens changing from green to brown almost overnight...... a depressing sight to say the least. The summer of 2013 was unusually hot and dry. This past summer of 2014 has blessed us with average temps with only a few days that eclipsed the century mark. Another benefit has been the abundant rain that has covered the state with the blossoming of the monsoon season. With these two factors in mind, I am hopeful that the deciduous trees will be in a great mood to put on an above average color display. Of course there are other considerations that come into play such as cool nights without freezing temps and early wintry conditions (which can raise havoc among the apsen population). Not knowing what may come in the next month and a half is part of that anticipation. Here's to a beautiful and colorful Autumn season!