|Fiery fall color in Logan Canyon - Northern Utah|
This year I decided to start my fall color hunt in a new place, the northern half of the great state of Utah. I'd heard it was a great place for fall colors, but after so many years of living in Colorado I couldn't seem to ever get over the Rockies to our western neighbor in autumn. So now that I'm in the Pacific Northwest I decided to cross the Cascades and go east to check out the northern reaches of the Beehive State.
And what an unexpected find it was! Not only were there groves upon groves of aspen trees which are typical of the American West, but much to my pleasant surprise were the endless forests and mountainsides of oak trees that were in full fiery red and orange bloom.
|Fiery fall foliage in a canyon east of Logan, Utah|
Despite the bug, I was able to get some good shooting in. The weather also was against me. You might say how could sunny, blue sky, 80-90 degree Indian summer weather be bad, and the answer is cloudless skies do not make for the best photography, as bland blue skies make photography much more challenging than with some good cloud formations that can light up with various colors for good sunrises and sunsets. There were none of those to be had on this trip.
|Golden aspen forest near Guardsman Pass in Utah|
Conditions were, in the 3rd-4th week of September, generally past peak for aspen in many areas. There were certainly some peak groves, but many of the aspen were either on the downward trend or had completely dropped their leaves - I was amazed that most of the big aspen groves above Park City were completely bare this early for example.
|Along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in northern Utah|
The oaks were what really made the trip. They seemed at peak vibrancy everywhere I went, and I could not get enough of the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows that were lining the canyons and foothill areas on either side of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains.
|Amazing oaks at peak color in Utah's Pine Canyon|
|Hillsides ablaze with color in Utah's Logan Canyon|
- 5 Bookmark Worthy Sites for Utah Fall Foliage (from ksl.com)
- 5 of the Best Places to See Utah Fall Foliage (from ksl.com)
- Northern Utah Fall Colors Website (from utahfallcolors.com)
- 9 Places in Utah to See Fall Leaves (from 24saltlake.com)
- Top Drives & Hikes for Utah Fall Foliage (from visitutah.com)
- Scenic Southern Utah Fall Color Report (from scenicsouthernutah.com)
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