Summer No More-Virginia Peak in Early Autumn

Summer gives way to autumn and Virginia Peak is dusted with snow and the valley below is filled with golden aspens and underbrush in the San Isabel National Forest outside of the old mining town of Winfield.
Summer gives way to autumn and Virginia Peak is dusted with snow and the valley below is filled with golden aspens and underbrush in the San Isabel National Forest outside of the old mining town of Winfield, Colorado.

Autumn has arrived. Day by day, more and more aspen trees turn from green to gold with a few orange and red sprinkled in here and there. I have spent hours the last week driving around my local area to witness the progress.

Yesterday I headed back up the painfully bumpy road through Clear Creek Canyon to the old mining town of Winfield. As you gain elevation you immediately start to notice the change from green to gold. Many still have a way to go to reach peak, but I did find this scene shortly before town. It was striking in the late morning light with puffy clouds rushing over. I climbed up a rocky hillside to find just the spot to frame up the autumn beauty.

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