I’ve been visiting this location every autumn for a long time. There are some trees that typically turn color earlier than others and are promptly stripped of their leaves from the prevailing west winds in the area—especially the aspens lining the NE edge of the lake (not pictured here). Not so this year. Most of the trees—even those that typically turn early—were still holding on to their leaves. Moreover, most areas—with the exception of a small patch—were already sporting their yellow, orange, or red. In short, almost all the trees in the area were in their full, vibrant color—and virtually none had lost their leaves. Add in the fact that the colors were “better than average” vibrancy this year (last year was very dull), it was truly magical. On top of all that, the weather conditions were surprisingly clear and calm given the time of day (late morning) and nearby fires.