During my recent and rare weekend off, my wife and I drove north to Santa Fe, N.M., to see the aspen trees in their fall colors. Click here to view the photo album.
Fall is much different in New Mexico than "back East." Because the vegetation varies, the color varies. In Kentucky, maple and oak trees turn from green to yellow to orange and then sometimes red before browning and falling to the ground. Here, a smaller type of maple turns yellow then falls. Some smaller trees have become a deep purple before losing their leaves, but these are rare.
Here, yellow is the dominant fall color. Aspens grow at altitude, and small meadows along the Sandia Mountain range can be spotted from a distance. Bright yellow cottonwood trees can be found along the rivers' edges. My western fall season is enjoyably different, and I appreciate the many differences this landscape offers, but overall, the beauty of a rolling hill blanketed in oranges, yellows, reds and greens is deeply missed.