Sunday, August 24, 2008

Summer is just about gone

Here in the high mountain west, summer is becoming a fond memory as autumn comes in on tiptoes. It's ever so gradual. The light gradually changes. The flowers change too.

Gone are the bright yellows and oranges of the sunflowers, salsify, dandelions and paintbrush.

Gone too are the bright purples of the flax. They have been replaced by the puffballs, seeds and berries. The landscape is literally, going to seed.

The aspens have not turned color yet, but when they do, every tree in the forest will change. Every one of the aspens in our forest are related, they are clones in fact. Aspens are the largest organism on earth. It's truly amazing when they change color from green to brilliant yellow, overnight, all at the same time.

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