Fall Color with a History

Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

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I always get hypnotized by this area in RMNP, with the brilliant yellows mixed in with the greens (and now the big areas of brown, thanks to the pine beetle). Aspens tend to be thirstier than the pines, so you can usually find them in drainages with more water flow.

In this case, around 100 years ago, the pines in this area were logged specifically to construct the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park location of the original film version of THE SHINING (or THE SHINNING, if you’re a SIMPSON’S fan . . .). They logged the area so thoroughly, dragging the timbers down the drainage, that they laid the ground bare. Flowering plants and then aspen quickly moved in with the pines absence.

So, without the construction for the Stanly Hotel, we wouldn’t have this fascinating display every Fall.

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