Mears’ Embrace




The San Juan Mountains of Colorado are an impressive mountain range, although they are sometimes overshadowed by their more famous cousin, the Rocky Mountains. Still, they have their fair share of 14ers, or peaks that are more than 14,000 feet tall, and more than their fair share of amazing vistas.

This particular vista showcases Mears Peak, although the peak itself is to the left in this photograph. I really liked how the peak, and the mountains, are “embracing” the small hill full of fall colors in every hue. The stand of aspens, of course, is the highlight, but the scrub oaks weigh in with their deep, rusty reds that add the perfect counterpoint to the aspen’s gold. Of course, the evergreens have their say, too, making for a variety of colors on the hill. The storm clouds playing above the mountains add, for me, a touch of drama to the scene, but the blue skies behind let us know that the storm isn’t very serious this afternoon.

Soon enough, of course, the autumn leaves will fall as the breezes knock them off the trees, and soon enough the light snows on the mountains will turn to deep, heavy snows and the San Juans will feel the wrath of winter. Still, they are strong mountains and will weather it as they always do. The hill will return in its glory next spring. Until then, Mears keeps it safe.

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