Going for Gold – Fall Photos

Lower Mohawk Lake at the foot of Quandary Peak.

Fall mtn 2

A peek at a peak.

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A light dusting at Breckenridge.

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Striking gold at every turn.

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Not quite the peak of the season, but putting on a good show.

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Shadows stretch across the road as days shorten.

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Colorado gold takes my breath away.

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Has autumn arrived in your neck of the woods?

All photos taken with a Sony Nex 3N DSLR

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99 responses to “Going for Gold – Fall Photos

  1. I must visit your hometown! Such breathtaking scenery that you tease my imagination with! :)

  2. Hi Susie. Quite a late reply, but I’m doing a bit of catching up in the blog world– and I couldn’t let this one go by without comment, as it made me cry! We spent August in Breckenridge (in a house halfway up Mt Baldy), hiked Quandry, etc., and also spent time in Boulder moving our CU son into his new place and just hanging out there, because we love it:) Back in London now, which has its own charms, but I feel like I left my heart in Colorado! Seeing your photos made me feel like everything really is/will be okay after last month’s horrific deluge. And yes, I know Breck is far from Boulder… and yes, I’ve seen photos from campus showing all is well at least in some areas of Boulder… and yes, my son’s house is slowly getting put back together. So while I knew in my head that things are okay, somehow your photos gave me back that piercing sense of joy I feel when I’m there! So thanks for that:) I hope you are feeling well, and enjoying fall to the fullest!

    • You just gave me shivers! Wow. I am so glad I posted these photos. I will be taking more this weekend.They are still working on some areas in Boulder. I don’t think Hwy 36 is open to Estes Park, but things are going back to normal!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Breathtaking, Susie.
    Simply breathtaking.

  4. Fall isn’t here yet. It’s looking fantastic over in your neck of the woods. Great shots!

  5. Fall has been canceled here, at least for another week. Temps in the 80s….I mean, it’s October for crying out loud! And Al Gore isn’t answering his cell, it’s so frustrating…..

  6. Dude I love these photos, they look like awesome screensavers/postcards. We’re not quite in fall weather over here in SoCal … it’s like 80+ degrees today :)

  7. Striking scenes which are not seen in our neck of the woods. Our changes of season are barely perceptible.

  8. filbio

    These pictures are stunning Susie! You should blow them up and have them framed. Or sell them as postcards. I love the Fall. My favorite season.

  9. Great shots, Susie! I’ll know when fall is in full bloom here in New York City when my market, Fairway, has caramel covered apples. That’s one of my favorite sights of the season.

  10. We don’t get fall here in Southern California so I can’t thank you enough for showing off these gorgeous photos, Susie. Makes me long for actual months with season-appropriate weather, colors, and outfits.

    • It is funny. When I went to LA last October, everyone was wearing fall clothes and boots AND died of the heat! I was one of the few in shorts. It is nice to wake up and throw on a sweater without making a fashion statement! I love So Cal! Wish I had a plan to visit this year!
      Thank you!

  11. So beautiful! I love the colors! Here in Southern California our signs of Autumn are a bit more subtle, but I’ll take them any way I can find them. It’s still hot as heck, but the days are shorter and the nights are cooler…so there you go! :-)

  12. Stunning. And that little bit of snow at Breck is making my itchy to drag my snowboard down from the attic and hop a plan to Denver right now!

    • It’s a little thin…Hahaha! They are going to open Peak 6 this year and Danny wanted me to hike up there yesterday. Nope. We didn’t make it… Soon I will have skiing dreams. I can’t wait!
      Thank you!

  13. It’s getting there. Our peak is usually around Columbus Day. Enjoy your spectacular colors!

  14. No, we are so blessed in the Southern Hemisphere, Spring has arrived, and it will be excellent weather right through till May next year. But your autumn photos are beautiful!

  15. Wow, your photography is beautiful!
    It feels like fall here in Arizona. Cooler temps, and the snowbirds have arrived.

  16. Lovely, Susie! Fall has hit LA, though the changes are more subtle than in Colorado. I’m digging the added breeze and slight drop in temperature. Less than 3 months until Christmas! :)

  17. Jay Holmes

    “Wild thoughts?” Always, but I’m a gentleman so I’ll restrain myself. Great pictures. thanks for the brain vacation.

  18. Beautiful photos, Susie! A few bits of Autumn color have arrived and I’m looking foward to more. :)

  19. Fabulous photos! It’s spring in NZ just now – but come autumn, we don’t get golden hillsides like you do. Most of the trees (and especially the native ones) are evergreens. There are imported deciduous trees in the towns – especially our street, and I swear ALL the leaves end up in our driveway. But that’s another story…

  20. Not yet Susie – lovely images

  21. Autumn…, is that the time of year when mornings start getting more and more cold, and all of the trees shed their leaves on the lawn, and squirrels are digging up your lawn to bury nuts that they’ll never find again??? Oh, that time of year…, Yep! It’s here with a vengance. The “Frost Maiden” is the only character that hasn’t arrived yet. What’s the word? Are you going to get any snow this year?

  22. The Colorado Rockies in their gold and green autumn splendor are so unique. I loved driving to the mountains anytime — and, especially during the fall when I lived in Denver. Love those pictures, Susie.

    This Yankee (Pennsylvanian) grew up with distinct seasons. The colors of autumn in my home state were diverse.

    Both vistas have their own striking beauty.

    And, then there’s Texas (heavy sigh). Trees typically go from green to brown to ker-plunk.

    I bopped back and read your last Boob Report. I’m thrilled you’re nearly out of the recovery phase. You are one brave, determined, admirable. Don’t even have to tell you to hold ‘em high and proud, do I? ;-)

    • I Love it! I am holding them high and proud! I go in tomorrow for a check up and hope I am released to doing more than walking. Boring! I can’t wait to get on my bike or run!
      Thanks so much for all the boob support Gloria!

      I know what you mean about the seasons. I will be traveling back to Wisconsin, but I think I may be too early for dramatic color…Dang!
      Great to “see” you!

  23. Yep, it’s arrived … looking like a wet shaggy dog! Autumn in the Lower Mainland … (Pacific Northwest – from a US point of view!) business as usual.

    • I love that expression and told my son to name one of his concerts, “Wet Shaggy Dog.” He didn’t think it held the right connotation for raging!
      I saw in the news it has gotten pretty severe. Hang in there!

  24. Oh, Autumn is here but it doesn’t look anything like that! Have I told you how lucky you are to live on one of God’s greatest works of art? If not, you are one lucky girl Susie.

  25. The Rockies are one of the main things I miss. Your photos are so beautiful, I’m almost homesick :-)

  26. Autumn will never arrive like that lol. You are so lucky to have those views. Love it!

  27. Beautiful shots, Susie. This makes me want to take some time next weekend to get up to the high country!

  28. Much more gold there this weekend.
    It may be fall here shortly: the monarchs and hummingbirds are in town bulking up before moving on…night at cooler. And some early changing plants are showing a little color.
    But it’s not the CO mountain beauty buffet!
    Thanks for the photos

  29. What a beautiful place! I interviewed in Longmont several years ago. Didn’t get the job and was disappointed. Not with being rejected but more at not being able to move to Colorado for hiking and fishing. I should be envious of you but the nuns said something about envy not being such a good thing.

  30. Stunning views, Susie. Here in NYC, the leaves haven’t really started changing yet — I’ve seen just one or two trees with gold in them. This time next month Central Park will be bursting with color. I just love fall!

    • It is really late this year. Usually by the 10th, it is just about over in the mountains, but it will take a while to hit the peak. I would love to be in NYC for autumn color or for any season. I love it there!!!
      Thanks Jackie!

      • As I was looking at your lovely photos, I was thinking of the people who had been affected by the flooding. I hope the area is recovering well.

        • People have really come out in support from all over the country. The good news is the fatalities remain at 8 in the state which is still terrible, but considering hundreds were reported missing, it was a relief is some weird way.

  31. Mathair and I are fall connoisseurs and your pics have us drooling over CO. Fall’s not showing much over here in the Smoky Mountains, but we’re already starting to decorate for Halloween. Thanks for the pictures, Susie. Definitely put us in the Fall mood.

  32. Hi Susie, it’s 9/29 and autumn hasn’t shown yet. I look out my window at the trees that are in the lot next door and they’re still green. Mainly out of orneriness, I think. The organic garden is still going but they’re getting the greenhouses ready. Loved the pictures, you are so blessed to be in CO, except for the floods.

    • Thanks Tom. I side effect of the flooding is tons of nutrients have caused a greening up of Boulder like no other! It looks like Ireland!
      I think autumn is late everywhere this year. Not sure why. Orneriness must be the cause.
      Thanks Tom!

  33. Beautiful!
    Snow is already falling by you?

  34. Not much sign of autumn here in Florida. Your photos are gorgeous. :)

  35. Gorgeous photos! Colorado truly is strikingly similar to Alberta, Canada – it always amazes me. We have autumn here to and we’ve already had snow in the mountains!

  36. Things have started here (just east of Toronto). I am headed out this afternoon to check the progress. Your photos are gorgeous.

  37. Linda Seccaspina

    It has started but the leaves won’t fully change colour for another 2 weeks. Next week is Canadian thanksgiving so people do drive around to see them. Beautiful pictures

    • Oh cool! I remember the first time I read your blog about it. Your country has the right idea in having it early enough to enjoy the color. It truly is harvest time. Why we have it in November, I’ll never know!!!!
      Thanks Linda!

  38. Great pics! I haven’t really had a chance to do much exploring around the area… are there any places you suggest?

    • It’s still early down here, but if you can get onto the Peak to Peak highway, there may be some great color! Lost Lake up at Eldora or any hikes at higher altitude may provide some too! It will still be a few weeks before Boulder turns, but then a hike up Mt. Sanitas is great for a view of the valley.
      Thanks Emily!

  39. Susie, your photos are gorgeous! What a gift to share with us. Out here on the west coast of BC, the rains have arrived. We’ve gone from summer to fall without the gold transition. So thank you for those beautiful autumn images.
    On another note, I haven’t been around much but I’ve been thinking about you!

    • Ohhhh! Thank you!
      It’s late here in Boulder County and in the mountains. usually it is peaking about now up there, but I think we’ll have at least two more great weekends. Too bad about the rainy season. Boy. Did we get rain!! Now it is just like Ireland with the iridescent greens!

  40. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing, Susie!

    We are having an ‘early’ autumn here in Florida. The temps are already down into the low 80′s (yup, that’s fall weather here and it doesn’t usually start until mid to late October).) Doors and windows are hanging open. Ahhh, fresh air!

    But alas we see very little in the way of changing leaves here. We do have some trees that lose their leaves but they just turn brown, or sometimes an anemic yellow first.

    • Well I am glad I could provide some color for you!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by! We came down from the mountains and expected cool temps. It was 75 degrees! Just beautiful weather. I wonder when we’ll get our first snow…..

  41. Beautiful photos!! Just getting drenched in rain here in Oregon.

    • We had rain AGAIN on Thursday and Friday. The forecasters predicted it through Saturday and cool temps today, but they were wrong! Yay!
      I hope it dries out for you soon!
      Thank you Maggie. :)

  42. Beautiful Susie! No autumn weather here just yet. Hope you are feeling totally awesome. :)

  43. Yes autumn has hit for us. We are planting our tomato plants!!
    Nice photos.

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