Colors Of Fall

This week our son Pat, and daughter-in-law Celina, took us on a spectacular drive to see the fall colors on our way to visit Crested Butte, Colorado. About an hour into our drive, we started seeing the beginning of the leaves changing colors.

For our daughter Shantel, remember when you were a little girl, and you asked me what its like to see color? And I started teaching you what colors might feel like if you could feel color? I told you colors like red, orange, and yellow might feel warm to the touch, while green and blue might feel cool to the touch. Well, the leaves on many of the trees along our drive were changing from green,

to yellow,

and in some areas, we even saw hints of red.

Before we made our way into Crested Butte, we stopped at a beautiful lake named Lost Lake. Oh, Shantel, all the beautiful colors of the changing leaves were also being reflected off the still water of the lake. So as we were looking at the leaves on the trees around the lake, we were also seeing their image reflected on the water. Even the clouds in the sky were reflecting on the water. All of these images created a peaceful, calming, feeling.

We took a short hike around part of the lake,

and around every curve of the trail was a scene more beautiful than the last. In the next picture, we were looking across the lake at trees displaying every shade of color.

And in this next picture the clouds were moving across the lake creating shadows that reflected off the water.

We left the lake and made our way into Crested Butte. What an adorable, colorful, little town. Every building in the town is painted a different color. Orange, red, blue, and green, just like the colorful leaves on the trees.

And they have the most beautiful flowers planted in big flower beds and hanging pots all along the street and sidewalks.

Aside from the magnificent colors we saw in the fall colors of the trees, the highlight of the trip for me, was when we visited a little mini donut shop where they make mini donuts fresh right in front of you, and they come with hot toppings of your choice. Papa and Pat bought six of the donuts with a variety of toppings, like hot caramel/bacon to name just one. Then, they sat outside the donut shop on a bench and ate all the donuts. But the look on their faces as they enjoyed their sweet treats just made my day. As you know I don’t eat sweets, and Celina didn’t have any either, but she stood close by and kept handing Papa and Pat napkins to wipe their hands and face after they finished each of the six donuts. I got so tickled watching them, I could hardly hold the camera straight to take some pictures.

Just before we arrived in Crested Butte, we passed a grave site and stopped to make a visit. The headstone said the person died in 1881. But there was a message engraved into the bottom of the headstone that read,

“My good people as you pass by, as you are now so once was I. As I am now you soon must be, prepare yourselves to follow me.” I thought that was a profound message on a gravesite headstone, so I included a picture of it here on my blog as a reminder to enjoy every minute of your life, and especially enjoy the donuts!

Big thanks to Pat and Celina for taking us on such a beautiful drive and spending their day showing us around Crested Butte, Colorado.

Stay Tuned!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 20:02:39

    Oh WOW. Now you know that fall is my favorite so seeing these trees just made my eyes pop! That first image of the lake was so beautifully framed! Excellent job my frissy! You made our eye start at the old tree stump and the water ripples all the way up to the sky. WELL DONE! This (and the one with the fence from last year I think?) are your two most superb shots for composition! I want to go to this lake! Keep enjoying! Love you!

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    • beyondcinderella
      Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:57:16

      Thank you frissy. I feel so proud that you think the first picture of the lake is well done. As you know, I’ve never taken any classes, I am pretty much self taught and learn from just constant practice, mistakes, and the feedback you, a fabulous photographer, share with me. I took 131 pictures that day, but only found the few I posted worthy of sharing on my blog. Love and miss you and so counting the day’s until we will be back home, in Arizona. XoXo

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  2. Bill
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 12:25:45

    How lucky we were to go to Crested Butte when we did, the colors were in full bloom.
    Those three mini donuts melted in my mouth, I know you would have loved them Shantel, they had about 10 different flavors.
    Thanks Pat and Celina for a great day.

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