This past weekend had been pretty full of tasks needing to be done, so it was almost 4 o'clock on Sunday when we decided to bag the "to do" list and take a ramble around the area instead.
( Re: The blurry sky in the picture above and below: One should check one's camera lens frequently. Especially if one never goes anywhere without one's camera...it is bound to eventually need cleaning.)
I was pretty excited to see the color change views just a block from our house.
As our son told us when we first moved here:
Fall comes down from the mountains, spring comes up from the valley floor.
Fall was definitely streaming down the mountainside on this very hot early fall Sunday.
shaven golden color with freckles of color popping up here and there.
I think the white rock layers are pretty cool too...originally flat, but after centuries of earthquake activity, now appear almost like rickrack trim on the hillside.
Once the car's tank was full, we headed north east, toward Ogden. We really hadn't travel up north much before.
Fifteen minutes on the road...and I was yelling "OH MY GOSH!!!"
The tree colors were spectacular!
At the first wide spot in the road, B. pulled over and I jumped out of the car with my camera in hand.
Now this is a mystery to me: Sweet Peas are blooming wildly all over SLC right now.
I could of sworn that Sweet Pea is a spring blooming flower. It is April's birth flower for goodness sake. My birthday being in April, I know this to be true.
Pink and white blossoms trail weirdly through the autumn leaves.
Is this typical? Anyone out there know?
I keep repeating, rejoicing over and over: And all this is only 15 minutes from my front door!
I'm thinking of friends...wishing they were with me to walk and take photos and go "wow...wow...wow..." right along side me.
We push on, driving on curving narrow roads that do not have places to safely pull over.
At last there is one place...from where the view of mountains seem to continue forever.
The aspen has not fully given in to golden garb as of yet.
What day will that happen?
Tell me...what day?
I can not bear to think that I may miss the ultimate color explosion.
Will snow fall and add white to the pallet I now see there?
How does that happen?
No man planted any tree that I see.
Yet the organization there...SOMEONE must have had a plan.
Did they ever see the upside down L shaped aspen grove on the distant hill?
We stop to peek at a stream...
Leaning over the railing on the roadside, I tryed to get closer to the falls, trying to get just a wee bit more light for a picture.
The fish will be there another day
Ogden...well, I'm not sure how to get to the charming little old part of the town that nestles up into the mountains.
I've read they ring huge church bells when the first powder snowfall arrives. The day is a holiday; everyone heads to the slopes.
We'll have to come back again to see what the town has to offer. I've heard rumors of quaint shops just waiting to be explored.
Even though we didn't explore Ogden,the trip was clearly not a waste. The fall colors were fantastic.
But oh is it hard to stay inside now. Outside a warm southwestern wind is whipping the trees, and by this time tomorrow there could be snow on those hillsides.
I want to go wander the hillsides.
I want to go enjoy outside!