The beautiful leaves of fall are quickly appearing signaling the end of another beautiful summer in the high country. September is the most beautiful and comfortable month of the year. The mornings are crisp and cool and the days are warm and the Colorado Blue Skies are the brightest.
There is a little patch of Aspen trees on the side of Round Top Mountain that we locals refer to as the “Postage Stamp”. For the past forty years that I know of this little patch of trees is the first to turn yellow. We all watch the “Postage Stamp” and when it turns the slightest bit yellow the Aspen trees all over the area soon follow.
Signs of fall are everywhere, the big buck’s antlers have almost reached maturity even though they are still covered in velvet. You worry about the few little fawns you see with spots on their sides indicating they were born a little late in the season and might have a difficult time with the coming winter.
The chipmunks and squirrels are busy scurrying around with pine cones in their mouths storing food for the long winter months. Our hummingbird feeders seem a little lonely with only one or two hummers trying to “fatten up” for the long journey south facing them. We always leave our feeders up later in the fall to make sure the weaker or injured little birds are given the best chance to survive the long journey south.
The bears are the most active this time of year gorging themselves with thousands of calories every day to build a large layer of fat to last them thru the long winter hibernation. With all the moisture we have had this year the bears seem to have plenty of natural food to eat and we have seen very few in town.
The ducks and geese are packing up and getting ready for the long flight to warmer climates. We will still have our group of geese that come early in the spring and absolutely refuse to leave until the lake freezes over completely.
Humans are getting ready, as well, gathering firewood to heat their homes for the long winter. The best part of the winter season is sitting by a warm fire and watching the falling snow.
Hunting season is just around the corner and as we get older we depend on our grandchildren to bring home the winter meat supply and they do a great job. We always have elk and deer meat in the freezer.
Fall and winter are great times in the high mountains but I can assure you those of us that live here are always looking forward to another great spring and summer season.