My friend, Maureen, asked me the other day if I had ever been to Potato Lake. I promised her I would take some pix to share so she could see it.
It’s been quite some time since I was last there. Last time the small circular lake was surrounded by yellow quacking aspens making the lake aglow. It reminded me of Lockett Meadow with the burst of color on a smaller scale.
Unfortunately, on this visit, I think I could count the aspens, as there were very few left. Most had burned up or fallen down. Such a pity.
In the absence of aspens, a ton of new crawdads have taken up residence. Always fascinating how where one thing falls another rises up.
Before Fall Colors have even popped yet, we got our first snowfall. Fall Colors dropped against the blanket of fresh snow made the maple leaves in their varying color stand out.
I love the contrast of color Fall brings, with the green Pines, yellowing Oaks, and emerging reds amidst the scattered Maples. It’s a potpourri of color and textures.
The snow just adds another dimension in this already gorgeous time in our myriad of seasons we get to enjoy.
For more of my fall color photos, check out my post here… https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/20/first-snow-2/
We went out to check on Fall Colors, but it’s still a little early for this neck of the woods. Maybe next week will yield more color.
For now, we were happy to walk through the woods and take in the crisp air… as was this little squirrel we found.
Winter is coming. Storms are on the horizon, and we have already had our first snow. We’ll take it. Our burnt forest can certainly use a good soaking.
We’ll make another trek next week to check on colors again. It’s all good.
It’s true that the South Rim is closer than the North Rim… by a bunch! But, give me the North Rim any day. The views are better, and the crowds less (that by itself is reason enough).
We enjoyed the many overlooks and stunning views along the way.
The aspen leaves were turning and the fall colors were stunning. The roads and the hillsides were covered with their golden hue.
You can see more of my Grand Canyon photos here… https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/05/grand-canyon-north-rim-bright-angel-point/ and here … https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/05/grand-canyon-north-rim-point-sublime/
People call us ‘crafty’. I actually resent that term. When you’re using jackhammers and shoveling rock, building pizza ovens and garages, ‘crafty’ is the last thing you feel you are.
But yesterday, I must even admit, I practiced ‘crafty’.
I saw this little project, I got a wild hair, and decided to make some myself.
It’s a little ‘crafty’ table ornament made with readily accessible resources – sticks, twigs, and branches.
We started cutting branches into little rounds which I then brushed with Thompson water seal, and then drilled a hole in the center (but not all the way through).
I cut little tree-like twigs and fired up the hot glue gun. I think when the hot glue gun comes out, you are squarely in the craft zone.
And cut tons of little paper cut-outs of oak leaves with our handy leaf punch (doesn’t everyone have one of those laying around – available at Michael’s and JoAnn’s).
With glue gun in hand, I glued the little twig trees into the branch bases… and the paper cut-out leaves onto the trees.
And, wa-la. Fall tree table ornaments.
Ok… maybe I am a little crafty. But just today.
It seems too early, not even in October yet, but there is a definite chill in the air and you can feel winter is coming. So we decided to do a scouting trip to check out Fall Colors.
It’s a strange year, as some leaves are just turning from their resident bright green to shades of pale green. Other maples are in full color and even falling to the ground floor.
It certainly isn’t in full color, as the leaves are patchy only in some areas. There’s no denying it though… it has started early, with more to come. I love the mosaic tapestries that the leaves and tangle of trees weaves. It’s fascinating to watch this myriad of color dot the landscape.
It’s always fun and challenging to try to capture this awesome season and convey it’s many splendors.
One of the easiest and most beautiful fall color outings to get to outside of the ‘big city’ is Lockett Meadow. It’s only 20 minutes from Flagstaff and yields awesome concentrations of full color yellowing aspens.
The characteristic white trunks and silver dollar yellow leaves make these aspen fields stand out in their stunning beauty. It’s a great place to go for the day, for a picnic, and just soak in nature at it’s finest.
It’s been an early fall. I wrote about it first here. As such the leaves are already starting to dissipate. Compounded by our gusty winds, the leaves are definitely falling as we are getting ready for winter. But for now we are enjoying the last hurrah of what has been a gorgeous Fall here on the mountain.