The fall colors on the east side were a little spotty this week, although still beautiful.
We visited Twin Lakes, Virginia Lakes, the June Lakes Loop, Convict Canyon, McGee Creek Canyon, Lundy Canyon and Rock Creek Canyon, taking short hikes on all but Convict Canyon. Not very many reds yet, mostly green changing to yellow, and in some places the trees have already lost their leaves. Rock Creek Canyon was the best, although things change so fast that I wouldn’t give any advice on where to go.
Here’s an example of how the foliage was just beginning to change in some areas:
Reflections on one of the smaller of the Virginia Lakes:
To photograph aspen leaves it’s better to have the sun in front (back lighting) or to the side, because the leaves are translucent; otherwise they look pretty dull:
In McGee Canyon the sun was lighting the closer trees from the side:
We hiked up Rock Creek, where the willows were reddish yellow:
Along Rock Creek Canyon: