Nature Friday ~ October 6, 2023

ElsaDoh-de-do-do…”leaf your worries behind,” I always say, because it’s now October. Oh hi, Elsa here to share some 411 about leaf peeping with scenes from around the ‘Hood and our state. As always, we are joining our pals, Rosy and Sunny from LLB in Our Backyard. Don’t forget to click on the link to see what else has been shared.

So a ‘funny’ thing happened this week. We didn’t see it but heard about it on the news. The weather people were saying if you planned to catch any “gold in them thar hills,” you better get a cracking because some white stuff dusted a few mountain peaks and snow always makes leaves fall quickly, from what I’ve been told. White stuff? What the dog?! Sure, I go on and on about the brutal summer temps but I wasn’t inviting Mother Nature to take me so seriously. Eek…I take it all back, Mother Nature. Can we do a quick rewind? We’re not quite ready for that drastic of a change, though Mom said it’ll be back in the 80’s before we see white stuff. ‘Course, I reminded her we do tend to get bouts of nasty weather around Halloween just to mess with the Trick-or-treaters. Time will tell who’s a better forecaster but you can bet your life I’ll be barking it in her face if it’s me.

Snow and changing leaves
Courtesy of Denver Channel 7, Alaine Nicole
Mountain Splendor in autumn
Courtesy of Denver Channel 7 website

Although it was pretty shocking to see snow in gold leaves on aspens, these are some of the prettiest photos Mom and I have ever seen of the changing colors. I think the first one is from somewhere around Crested Butte and the second one may be near Telluride (or vice-versa). Gotta admit though, you’d be hard press to find anything prettier than that lake reflection photo.

Meanwhile up on Quanella Pass near Georgetown, a mere 56 miles west of Denver, the leaves did what was expected of them this time of year…as in wow visitors and locals alike with their exquisite beauty.

Changing leaves
Courtesy of Denver Channel 7 website ~Quanella Pass

Pretty stunning, huh? Gotta love Colorado for it’s autumn gold. While we may not have the brilliant oranges and redsย  typically seen out on the East Coast, I’d put our aspens up against them any day of the week.

High country roads have been filled tourists and looky-loos so Mom and I wanted to see if there was anything around our patch to avoid the cluster of driving I-70 after the recent trip to Glenwood. Turns out there are actually some spots of color around the ‘Hood with more showing up each day.


Mom spied some red on a plant when she was scanning for weeds in a part of the yard that neither of us rarely go out to since it’s on the North side of the house. Initially she thought it might be a piece of trash that blew in on one of the windy days this week. But nope, it was an actual leaf trying to imitate some East Coast flora. Whoa…Mom thought that was a nice present from Mother Nature and I couldn’t disagree with her.

We also found some pretty maple trees just starting to change colors on one of our walks. Hmm…maybe Colorado does have a few reds and oranges but I know they’re nothing like what’s found back East.

Maple leaves in autumn

Late Wednesday, Mom had me pose for her in the Plumbago out in the garden. Regrettably I couldn’t find a plausible excuse not to, so I put on my most bored face and sat there like a lump on a log. Mom was making all kinds of weird noises to try and get some kind of reaction out of me…other than me just turning and waltzing away. Heh, heh, heh. Doggone it though, she grabbed me and put me back in a sit/stay position. Can’t pull the wool over her eyes often enough. She loves the Plumbago since it flowers those pretty blue flowers beginning in late August and turning a lovely shade of mahogany on the leaves as autumn moves forward. Those plants are filling in nicely too like a good groundcover should; in fact she’s had to pull some out of the middle of the flagstone path after they’d migrated where they didn’t belong. I think she should give them a sit/stay command so they don’t go wander off the reservation but again, she didn’t ask me.

Elsa in the Plumbago

I’m sure trees will begin changing in earnest here in the city soon. Hopefully we’ll have more to share next time before we have to start raking them up. Till then, we hope you all send strong, healing energy to Blogville favorite,ย Brian who’s battling a nasty infection (click on the link to send him your healing thoughts and prayers). He looks like such a nice kitty and could use the collective energy of Blogville to feeling better. I can totally relate and sympathize with him since anesthesia is a bad thing for me too because of my epilepsy. It’s probably why Mom totally freaks out at the slightest little thing.

Purrs for Brian

Well, that’s it from me this week. We hope whatever you do this weekend, you get outside and enjoy the fabulous autumn weather and see a few leaves turning colors. I’ve got my paws crossed for you.

Nature Friday

Live, love, bark! ๐Ÿพ

50 thoughts on “Nature Friday ~ October 6, 2023

    1. Thanks, Sue. What’s not to love about a ground cover that’s easy on the eyes for a long time in the garden and one that morphs beautifully from summer to autumn with style.

    1. Thank you, Helen. Yeah, the displeased lady appreciates your understanding and asks you to keep your paws crossed it doesn’t happen again too soon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  1. We are getting a few fall colours here in the great white north – but apparently we are a little delayed by the warm weather! We actually saw a highway sign for tourists which said something like “Do not stop on Highway to view fall colours”! Hope that never happens – enjoy the fall!

    1. The looky-loos can cause all sorts of problems on mountain highway curves so signage like that makes sense. People don’t use their common sense sometimes. Enjoy but be safe so you and others can enjoy again and again, we say. Here’s to autumn enjoyment! ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‚

  2. Yore Mountain snow among THE Colorado Gold iss so beeuteefull Elsa an Miss Monika!
    Wee herd there was snow out inn Western Catnada two!…….wee have had rain on an off (more on than off) fore 3 dayss now…..Lotss of gold an orangey leevess an a bit of red. Our redss are mew-ted like yoress…..
    It has been an odd Autumm so far.
    Elsa yore xpression sittin among THE plumbago iss purriceless! You are such a cutie!!!
    Wishin both of you a peecefull SNOW-LESS weekend there……..
    ~~~head rubss~~~BellaDharma~~~ an {{{huggiess}}} BellaSita Mum

    1. Thanks BellaDharma and Mum. Those snowy pics reminded me how blessed we are in this state. We sure could use some moisture out on the plains. September was the hottest September in history and things are super dry.

    1. Me either. September was so hot we were looking forward to a nice beautiful autumn. The snow was a bit of a surprise but Iโ€™m sure thereโ€™ll be nice days ahead. Just not as many gorgeous leaves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. We, too, are concerned and have our paws together for Brian. We’re getting brown, dried leaves on the ground because of no rain. Until today. Hopefully it’ll clear up for Rocktoberfest tomorrow in Rock City. I’m going with Mommy and brother Adam, and we’re meeting Daddy up there. He’s with the Wurstbrauts band that’s playing Saturday and Sunday. Brother Andrew and Jentry are supposed to meet us all there, too! It’ll be a fun day. XOX Xena Schnauzer Princess Warrior

    1. Thanks John. Iโ€™m sure Brian is grateful for your prayers. Today is more than crisp and weโ€™ve realized weโ€™re not ready for cold weather yet even though September was the hottest on record. Truthfully though, I didnโ€™t mind seeing pics of the snow and gorgeous aspens. Have a good weekend.

  4. Beautiful colors all around you!

    I lost a previous comment to the ‘invalid security ticket” issue. Sheesh, sometimes WordPress is such a pain…

    Too early snow deprives us of the lovely natural paintings we are blessed with at this time of the year.

    1. Oh for heaven’s sake. Sorry about that. I just don’t understand technology at times and don’t appreciate the hoops it makes us all jump through. Jeez. Anyway, technical difficulties aside, we hope you have a splendid autumn weekend. It’s chilly today but is supposed to warm up over the next several days. Anyway, some hot spiced tea sure hit the spot this morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. It won’t be hard to beat us here in western NewEngland in terms of foliage. All the summer rain fostered brown leaf fungus giving the leaves a muddy look, then they curl up and fall off. Most trees are effected. Thank goodness that red maples, walnuts and some birch seem immune, so at least there are those to look at.
    Happy Autumn!

    1. Oh dear, that’s too bad-sorry to hear it. All the pics I ever see show brilliant reds and oranges. I don’t think the colors will be as intense this year with all the hot temps in September. Add cold and wet and the just fall off. Sigh.

    1. Thanks. Ehh, the snow is fine when it stays up in the mountains. LOL โ˜ƒ๏ธ

  6. Very pretty leaves you have there. We are going up north for a trial tomorrow and they are supposed to have leaves at their peak. Hope we see some. It seems we went from way too hot to winter overnight here too. Thankfully Olivia got into two Summit trials in the Midwest and we don’t have to enter the Montrose, CO one because Mom was worried about the weather, specifically snow in the mountains in mid-November. We are all ready for snow and we love snow, but it makes for terrible driving conditions. Have a Grand weekend! Your hound friends and their mom

    1. Thank you. Yeah, autumn will go back and forth between summer and winter in Colorado. Montrose wouldn’t likely be bad, the getting there though could pose challenges if you’re not used to driving on mountain highways. But you’d see some incredible scenery, that we can guaranty. Enjoy the weekend, I’m planning on taking in another Dragon Boat race in a different park. Should be interesting.

  7. So beautiful. I am longing for some change of season here. We don’t get so much of the pretty colors here. I lived in Northern California where the colors are so much prettier than where I am now. I miss that so I an indulging the beauty of these photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you-that’s so kind. I know people like moderate temps but having four distinct seasons allows peeps to enjoy each unique one for all their beauty.

  8. Those mountain photos are gorgeous!! <3 Thanks for sharing! And doesn't Elsa look so sweet sitting among the wilflowers. Happy weekend to both of you!! Enjoy!

    1. Why thank you. I’ll be sure to remind Mom that you think I’m such a sweetheart. To which she’ll roll her eyes and say “right…” Even after all these years, she still hasn’t figured out my dignified posture. LOL

      1. You are very welcome!
        Haha, on your Mom, you need to keep having patience with her. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And maybe you need to start posing for more photos. That may help her learn faster about your dignified posture. ๐Ÿซ 

                1. Remember who you’re talking to? I’m the Queen of distinguishing a scam when I see one. ๐Ÿคฃ

  9. The photos of the snow above the golden foreground are stunning. So is beautiful photo of you among the purple meadow. Happy weekend.

    1. Many thanks, Paulette. I keep hoping Mom will stop trying to take pics of me and just take photos of trees and plants. Or another dog (hint, hint, universe).

  10. Lulu: “The trees with the snow behind them are so pretty! I would like to get to play in the snow some day. With my thick Malamute and Siberian furs, I’m sure I would stay warm.”
    Bean: “Ayyy, you go have fun with that. This short-haired Baja dog will stay where it’s warm!”

    1. Thanks. Yes, you’d likely enjoy running around in the snow, Lulu. You know Bean, they make dog coats to keep warm? ๐Ÿคฃ

  11. Gosh Elsa – those mountain photos are so beautiful but it IS a reminder that the WHITE STUFF is coming soon to LOWER altitudes right? Lots of pretty color here – just starting to be pretty here. You do look a bit like you’d prefer sitting next to a treat bowl than in the middle of plumbago BUT you still look very queenly and that’s worth a few points! We have Brian on our POTP list….hoping he feels better soon.

    Hugs, Teddy

    1. Thanks, Teddy. We hope dear Brian begins to feel better soon too. Yup, #winteriscoming…a mere 76 days. Holy snowflake! Have a great weekend.

    1. You’re too kind, Ann and June. Mom can’t seem to understand how much I detest photo taking sessions, even with a nice backdrop.

    1. Thank you-we love aspens. Sumacs on the other hand are Mom’s personal gardening scourge. A tree across the street spreads its seeds EVERYWHERE and we constantly have to remove them when they’re small and easy to pluck otherwise they’ll take a toehold in places trees shouldn’t be and next to impossible to eradicate. I will admit though, they do know how to put on a colorful show—I just want them to do someplace far, far away. Hope you have a terrific weekend.

        1. If only they’d stick to ROW’s here. Those doggone seeds get in between sidewalk cracks, next to house foundations and wherever they can. So invasive!

  12. You are right! Those are some of the most beautiful aspen pictures I’ve seen. Good job, Mother Nature! And good job Monika for reposting. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Amy. The snow with the aspens was just too fabulous not to share. I only wish I could have captured something like that! Have a great weekend.

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