Colors of Autumn

Fall colors in Southcentral Alaska often don’t last long.  Predominantly yellow with some orange and crimson hues, the challenge is always the weather.  Mid-September is peak time for color, and is also often when storms roll through with rain and strong winds that tend to strip leaves in a hurry.  It’s not just deciduous trees that brighten the landscape…lots of shrubs add their share like the Devil’s Club below.  Bearberry and Bog Blueberry are among the brightest red groundcover

Autumn is a special time with accelerated purpose and a quickened pace for many wild creatures.  Snow could come at any time as the temperatures slide downward, and animals that store food work extra hard to put enough away.  It’s a good time to be out and about.

Alaska.  Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus) in autumn hues of yellow and orange along Turnagain Arm in mid-September.

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