Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Consolations of Autumn

Today I hiked part of Lookout Mountain's Chimney Gulch trail.  (I would have hiked it to the top, except that I lost time walking into Golden to buy some sunscreen.)  The wildflowers are almost all gone.  However, autumn brings some consolations in the form of late blooming weeds, leaves changing colors, and cactus fruit.

The yellow blossoms below belong to the rabbitbrush plant.  Its latin name ericameria nauseosus warns of its nasty smell.  For the sake of scientific inquiry, I took a sniff today.  Stinks.

Leaves turning from green to red are always pleasing to view.

And my favorite autumn picture today was of red cactus fruit.

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