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Leaf Peeping

October 19th, 2014 · 4 Comments

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When fall comes to Colorado, many photographers turn into leaf peepers, and I am no exception. While leaf peeping may sound slightly risque, it is actually a pretty nice thing to do.

It got me away from my easy chair this afternoon and out to Boulder County’s Coot Lake Open Space, nine miles northeast of my apartment. I took the 1.2 mile trail that circles the lake and wetlands just to the west of Coot Lake. After an aspen teaser a few days ago near Mud Lake up in the Front Range, I wanted to see some of the trees down here turning to gold and remembered the cottonwoods and reeds in wetlands here.

The Mellow Light at the End of the Day Illuminates the Wetlands

The Mellow Light at the End of the Day Illuminates the Wetlands

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The Wetlands Shine in the Golden Hour

The Wetlands Shine in the Golden Hour

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gretchen // Oct 19, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Lovely. Do no trees turn red out there?

  • 2 David Mendosa // Oct 19, 2014 at 6:50 am

    We have maples in the city, Gretchen, but not out in nature.

  • 3 George Victor // Dec 20, 2014 at 5:46 am

    This must be a wounderful place to live and experience some untouched areas of mother nature.

  • 4 David Mendosa // Dec 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Dear George,

    I certainly agree. It is perhaps the best place in this country to get out into nature easily. I had thought that Alaska might be better until I visited friends there. They were afraid to go hiking — even when it wasn’t bitter cold with lots of snow and ice — because of the bears there. Alaska is a great place to visit in the summer and in a vehicle or with an armed guide, and I have loved my three trips there, but I will stay in Boulder, Colorado.

    Best regards,