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this is what fall looks like : hiking to desolation lake {part one}

10.04.2011

{may i suggest listening to these violins while you look? it's really sort of magical...}











































i can't get over how soon autumn has come...this is what i ached for
all those years we lived away from the mountains. and here it is, just out my door.
i was giddy about wearing flannel and wool hiking again {though the wool eventually came off}.
around each corner my lips grinned and i turned to ceej and proclaimed my 
undying affection for this autumn season: the colors, the smells, the cool air,
the way an aspen tree sheds its leaves with a gust of wind...oh my heart!
this was a morning hike worthy of true awe. 

this morning ceej and i had plans to go running up the canyon,
but as soon as i tied my laces i heard the rain start...
so we went to our yoga mats instead and opened up the windows to hear the rain.
it's raining...and i can hardly contain myself. 
the first snow of the year is on its way to my mountains this week.
have you ever experienced the first dusting of snow in the mountains?
that lovely white layer of snow over the yellow and orange aspens
is something that every eye should behold in this life.  
i'm quite sure that the best of magic happens in autumn.

have you been to the mountains yet? it's incredible.

21 comments:

Suz said...

I don't have mountains..but I do have the same heart for Autumn
this year in particular...I just giggled with joy over your joy
thanks

Cassie said...

I'm sighing over the beauty. I love autumn.

Anita said...

Oh my...there is something otherworldly about this dear girl! Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it.

Nicole said...

I sure miss the mountains of Utah, I don't know why we always go in the summer. This is the time of year to be there.

Hannah said...

Thank you for such a wonderful experience, yet again. The music and photos and poetry combined was simply magical. Utah is now definitely on my travel list. :)

k said...

wow, what an amazing golden day amongst the trees and mountains. you live in a stunning spot - thanks for sharing it with us!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Oh my goodness! Your photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing! Absolutely breathtaking!

tinyparticlesoflight said...

Too beautiful for words! We definitely have to visit the Utah mountains sometime....

p.s. I really want to make apple-cider doughnuts now.

xo
cortnie

Ananda Renee said...

I have been a quiet reader of your blog for a few years now. I so appreciate your beautiful words and photos, but I am a bit shy of introducing myself over the internet. I had to thank you for this post though. I moved to Hawaii about a year ago and fall is when I most miss my mainland home. Thank you for carrying me away to your golden mountains.

studio meez said...

Beautiful! Like every leaf is made of gold.

The Egg said...

our blogs are so similar! your newest follower :)

the egg out west.

Kristina said...

Wonderful pictures, the nature and landscape is amazing! the colours as well! I live really close to the Alps and love to go hiking in fall - the air is clear and the sky sooo blue!!

OLČA said...

so magical, thanks Ann

Jaime said...

The alchemy of this music, your images, and your words is absolutely exquisite.

Akvilina said...

Your love for the season really shows in these shots! The most amazing colors in THE UNIVERSE! Just perfect!

Trude said...

Wow wow wow. Those gilded trees are amazing! Wish I had a landscape like that near me! Thank you so much for sharing, beautiful photography.

Ann Marie said...

Thank you all for your kind comments! You should all come visit :)

Lisa said...

beautiful!

madelief said...

phew - your photography is truly amazing.

chasity said...

wow... so many gorgeous pics.
loved the lighting on the aspens and the shot of the flowering grass with the sun behind it.

beautiful.

Inge said...

My gosh, how I wish I could be in the mountains! We don't have any mountains here in the Netherlands (which could just as easily be called the Flatlands). I do dream of living in a place like this, with so much natural beauty just around the corner. At least autumn has started here as well, the air is crisp and fresh and I love it.