Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Favorites: Colour Is Where You Find It

Much of the Inland Northwest does not give the "classic" displays of autumn colour you find on calendars; it has its own signature look, from the orange of the Tamarack and Aspen up in the mountains, to the yellows of the Cottonwoods, Maples, and Poplars in the valleys. The reds tend to come from the underbrush and new growth on burned or cleared slopes.

The following photos show the colours as I found them, in the rangelands, canyons, bluffs, and towns of the Inland Northwest, from the years 2004-2009.

 
A canyon, north of Airway Heights

 
At the Coeur d'Alene Resort

 
A side street in Coeur d'Alene

 
A canyon south of Valleyford

 
The scablands, south of Edwall

 
Heckle and Jeckle on horseback, near Mt. Spokane

 
A driveway up on Greenbluff

 
The scablands, near Marlin

 
In the scablands south of Edwall

 
A nature preserve, south of Spokane

 
Near a shooting range, Mica

 
Along the Coeur d'Alene River, Cataldo

 
The tree where I work. As long as I can remember, it would hold onto its leaves until the first hard frost. Then they would all drop, still green. In the past few years it has turned a beautiful orange, and this year as well.
 
You can look for colour where you will find everyone else looking for it...or you can make your own adventure out of trying to see what else you can find.  

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