Driving through the mountains of Colorado during the height of fall color is like no other time during the year. Yes, winter and spring are beautiful for their own reasons, but “color week” is special. The yellow-gold of the aspens last only a few weeks and at every turn, you are surprised by groups or fields of the bright color. They have different qualities depending on light or shade, but still very beautiful.

As we were driving on this morning, the clouds were low in the mountains, making you feel like you were even higher up than normal. This large pond sits in a small valley surrounded by golden aspens outside of, where else, Aspen, Colorado.

 .A pond outside Aspen, CO during fall. Photo by Tim Stanley.