Not-So-Color(ful)-Wednesday

img_3730

Betty & I (& dawgz.  ‘n  bikes) drove up Land’s End Road middull of last week.  Our somewhat over-due autumnal fall-colours “Color Sunday” sojourn.  Colorful, none-the-less.

img_3731

All photos by Betty!  None are “enhanced”!

img_3732

Amazing thing is, to get to the top of Land’s End we drive 30 miles.  10 of it @ 60+ MPH highway speeds, then almost 10 more up a 2-lane paved county road — ~ 35-40 mph, then … “the fun stuff.”  Bumpy-washboard-y twisting turning sometimes less than 2 vehicles-wide gravel road.  But this is the scenic part.

img_3736

Seems a lot of the green-red-yellow-brown-grey palette is in use …

img_3738

img_3740

Looking over (east/southeast) to a top-of-the-mesa outcrop south of Land’s End.

img_3744

Hope he’s got enough nuttiness stored to wait out the impending winter!

img_3746

Aspens — whirled-famous for their golden propensity.

img_3747

It was a slightly hazy day.  Lookin’ down maybe 3500′ to the valley/desert floor.

img_3748

and down on the winding road we’ve come up.

img_3749

img_3750

img_3752

The turquoise/blue spot in the middle in the distance is Juniata Reservoir — civic water-supply for the city of Grand Junction.

img_3753

img_3758

Now we’re “on top” — about 10k’ elevation — and that ‘green swath’ (of irrigated land) pretty much defines the extent of our town and adjoining agricultural parcels.  Fading away to the west, past Fruita, one can probably sense or maybe even see Utah on the horizon.  Mt. Garfield protrudes on the right, mid-distance.

img_3763

img_3764

Upper portions of Land’s End Road.  The upper-most segment (5 or so miles) is often barely more than one vehicle wide — you really have to negotiate the hair-pin turns slowly!

img_3765

img_3768

img_3769

I think Betty oughta consider the above as a potential quilting pattern?

img_3770

We had NEVER seen Indian Paint-brush flowering in mid-October !

 

 

8 thoughts on “Not-So-Color(ful)-Wednesday

    • i drove. she’d say “stop” or “back up a little” or “a little bit further.” click-click-click! things’re still, if not a “100% riot”, perhaps a 70% full riot of color down here “in the valley” ~

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Wow! Those pictures look like they’re right out of some sort of pretty picture album. :D Seriously though, absolutely gorgeous. That is the type of landscape on which I’d like to be murdered.

    Liked by 1 person

    • murdurd? how? another story idea: (part is, sorta, true). many years ago, driving a van-load of 10-or-so-year-olds down that twisty/winding road from a camping trip, around a corner we quickly stopped to avoid … a couple bears copulating. “what the heck are those bears doing?!” shouted a couple kids. “um, I think they’re playing leap-frog” was the best I could come up with. okay, that me(s)mory, and your self-demise idea …

      Liked by 1 person

Please comment! (i usually appreciate it!)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s