It’s happening, right … now!
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Aspens get all the glory when it comes to fall colors in Colorado, but don’t overlook the treasures of the alpine tundra, where willow wetlands take on stunning shades of gold, bronze, orange and red. Even the alpine tundra and grasslands respond to cooler nights and shorter days, with many plants turning red and maroon, often because they contain anthocyanin, a natural antifreeze that helps them survive in the high country.
This year, the colors seem to be popping out a bit earlier; perhaps because of the early and dry start to the summer, the plants are ready for winter, just like Colorado’s eager skiers. Don’t miss the spectacular seasonal display which will start to peak in the next couple of weeks. The U.S. Forest Service maintains a fall colors hotline, with contact phone numbers, maps and more information to help you find the best leaf-peeping venues.
And a few shots from last year, just to show you what’s ahead.