Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Aspen musings

It rained hard in Teller County before dusk yesterday, leaving behind a blanket of aspen leaves. Those still on the trees sparkled in the eerie late-day sunshine.

This could be the last week to view the golden show in the region. In honor of the aspens' annual rite of passage, I offer my favorite aspen quote, written by naturalist Ann Zwinger:

"Conifers have a majestic monotony, like someone who is always right. They are too timeless to mark the seasons. But aspen has eclat, a glorious brashness in defiance of the rules, the flapper who does the Charleston in the midst of the grand waltz. The landscape would be dull indeed without them."

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