On Oct. 1 we drove up Ouray Co. road 5 from Ridgway to the base of Mt. Sneffels for nice views of the aspens and San Juan Mountains. Snow capped peaks added to the great scenery. These pictures were taken in my Canon A1100 IS 12 mp camera.
The dry lake bed at the right is part of the Ridgway State Park where we are parked. Our destination for the day trip is at the foot of the mountains shown on the horizon.
As we started up Ouray Co. road 5 ,other species of trees showed us that they were not going to be outdone by the aspens.
As the road took us closer to the mountains they began to show the details of their ruggedness.
The road at the right in the valley probably is Dallas Creek Road. The mosaic of color shows up nicely here.
A grove of aspens shares a common root system, yet all of the trees do not turn yellow uniformly.
But this grove is of almost uniform color.
Views like this are awesome!
This is the view to the left of the last one.
What a peaceful scene!
And here are more multiple hues.
The road entered the Uncompahgre National Forest and continued for a few miles, but the aspens were less dramatic than those shown above, so we called it a day to return the way we came. A breeze then was causing yellow leaves to begin to drop. When we drove through the general area on Oct. 4 wind had blown leaves off all the aspens in many groves, moreso as we traveled farther south.