Chasing Fall Colors

Saturday & Sunday, September 15-16, 2012

On Saturday morning Amanda and I got in the Jeep and drove south to the San Juan Mountains again. This weekend I was hoping to find some early fall color and had heard a few reports that there were already some nice colors around Red Mountain Pass and Silverton. Those reports would turn out to be pretty accurate!

On our way to Silverton we took a quick drive up to the Portland Mine above Ouray. While we were up there Amanda spotted a few aspen trees that had some bear claw marks. Some of the scratches went up pretty high on the trees like a bear had climbed a few of them.


Scratches by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

It looks like the bear couldn’t hang on to this tree and slid down it a way. These scratches were pretty high up off the ground, so I doubt these are just from scratching or stretching.


Can’t Hold On by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

As we searched around Silverton for fall colors, I came across this waterfall in a small canyon and had to stop for a few photos.


Deadwood Falls by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
 

 


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