This was take out of my car window, I believe near the Vandium clean-up site (in between Fall Creek & Telluride) over a week ago on September 30th. I wonder if there’s more to what’s going on there than is being officially stated (and there are radioactive concerns known to the public to begin with)?
In any case, the fall colors were just about peaking at that time; however, a couple weather fronts with high winds which moved in since have claimed the leaves on a large number of Aspen trees … which I believe encroached on the true “peak window” this season. In particular, we never quite had that full spectrum of colors present at a single time. Instead, many leaves first turned yellow, then were blown off the trees … yet they never turned gold/red (which would’ve happened about now). There are still trees which have green leaves and are in the process of turning now. In any case, just a theory … it’s hard to remember from year to year.