Monday, November 21, 2016

Autumn Colour, Summer Heat

I think perhaps Autumn (Fall) is my favourite time of the year, the summer heat "typically" gives way to pleasant daytime temperatures and cooler nights; and this definitely makes this Colorado Brit happy. Autumn 2016 in the Colorado Front Range has been particularly warm and dry though, with the first snow not arriving until November 17th (Average is October 18th), the 16th was 80f!. The positive side to this late snow is, the leaves on the trees have hung on until naturally dropping, and the colour has lasted longer.

St. Vrain Creek, Longmont, CO

The city of Longmont has some great parks, greenways, and open space areas, most within a stone's throw of my home. The St. Vrain Creek runs through the city and provides a peaceful natural corridor within the urban environment. Golden Ponds Natural area on the western side of the city is a particular favourite of mine, these old gravel pits were donated to the city in 1990. The reflection in the lakes of the mountains, mixed with Autumn colours from the surrounding trees can be an amazing sight!.

Mount Meeker seen from Golden Ponds

Golden Ponds Autumn colours

November 14, 2016 saw the largest supermoon since 1948, and the last one until 2034. I did not plan enough in advance, or scout out shooting locations; so my capture of this rare occurrence was not optimum. I headed 10 miles east into farmland that typically has less light pollution, but unfortunately could not find a good anchor for more shot, except for the odd farm light.

November 2016 supermoon

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