Autumn is doing it's annual miracle, and I've enjoyed watching the aspen peak...turning golden yellow.
But I grew up in the eastern US, and remember the fiery red maples.
I had heard that there were some maples near where I live, but it wasn't until Debi pointed out some promising hiking spots that I was able to enjoy a greater palette of color.
We found this stash of maple a month ago, and have kept our eye on the calendar and other trees to find the best time to revisit. This was a sunset hike.
Some of the trees had not turned, but some had just started at the very top....
At an elevation of 8,500ft maples don't grow very tall - seldom over 30 feet. Many of our views were at eye level.
And not every maple was turning crimson, but their color was certainly different from the aspen.
Another benefit of finding these maples is that tbey turn color at a different, later time than the aspen. It's like enjoying two autumns in one season!
Nine days later, late morning. The hard blue October sky goes well with fir-green, aspen-yellow, and maple-red. (And a bit of oak-brown in the lower right corner.)
If you underexpose the photos a bit, the color saturation is higher...makes for a slightly more striking image.
One small maple had a leaf where only part of it had turned red. Then I looked more closely at the tree and found many other leaves were turning color in the same location/pattern. I don't know the explanation for this.