While I've been writing about our time in the alpine world, our world at home has slipped into autumn very quickly. I feel as surprised as Shyla looks in this photo taken today.
I believe that the aspen leaves have turned gold early due to this year's drought. This is a view that can be seen from near where Shyla and I mountain bike.
The same is true of the view toward the mountains. I love these colors... but it feels too early for them!
Looking down on an aspen grove, you can see some of the glorious reddish leaves that I love so much. You can also see that more trees still will be turning golden in the coming days and weeks.
So, I guess that it's time to welcome autumn at our elevation as well as up in the thin air above 10,000'.