Colors beyond the Aspens Seeing the abstruse

Fall or Autumn is a time to explore colors. The window of changes happens so quickly and is gone before one can truly enjoy the colors of life.

In the high country, fall attracts lots of visitors and locals alike. The most apparent, and nearly visible everywhere are the changing colors of Aspen leaves.

As a habit, we mostly pay attention to the obvious. Just like selective listening, we fall into the ‘selective sight’ trap just as easily. Our externalized awareness enjoys familiarity. So much so, it breeds contempt for our habits. The tendency to succumb to the apparent is no surprise. We like it easy.

In this post, we go on a colorful journey beyond that familiarity. Come!

Western serviceberry | Amelanchier alnifolia
Seen from afar, these look like Aspen leaves
Gray Elder fruit is a small woody cone, first they are green then turn dark brown.
Gray alder | Alanus Incana
Gray Alder leaves turn yellow adding to the fall color shades.
A broken Willow branch stuck between a rock.
“Sunrays must be the sun’s way of dancing alone.” – Prem
Red willow
Peachleaf willow
Woods’ rose
Everything has beauty, the beholder sees it.

The power of observation unlocking intuitive creativity starts from being aware — of being aware.

Missed and bent
“I know I’m on the right path because things stopped being easy.” - unknown
Nature paint colors that artists have never seen.
Common chokecherry leaves

Common chokecherry also known as Prunus virginiana on a leafless shrub

Red osier dogwood - Over ninety-eight species of birds rely on this plant for food or shelter. Native Americans used red osier dogwood branches to weave baskets.

Pretty provider.
Blue Spruce
Norway Spruce
Climbing onion - Bowiea volubilis
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust
Standing out Evergreen
The Rocky Mountain Maple grows deep roots helps with erosion control and commonly found alongside by streams and river
The horticulture magazine describe the Rocky Mountain Maple as a "year-round handsome tree"
Fallen but still contributing to the eco system

Creeping barberry (Berberis repens)
Monterey pine cones from a fallen tree
Bushes and shrubs of all sorts and Cottonwood trees

… and the Aspens of course.

Sunburst in between
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. — Robertson Davies
The obvious beauty
Nature’s own, long before ‘Scotchgard’
Reflection of light in black

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