|Larches just beginning to change color along the Blue Lake trail, September 2015. Lainey Piland photo|
The high country is undeniably stunning during autumn. Here in Washington, we flock to the rugged Cascade mountains to see the golden larches illuminate those rocky slopes with hues warm as sunshine. New England has their gentle hills bursting with red, orange, and yellow-leaved deciduous forests. In Colorado, the Rockies stand resplendent over foothills of glowing aspens.
Filmmaker Jason Hatfield captured the autumn colors of his home state of Colorado in the timelapse film below. These landscapes are truly breathtaking, with aspen trees glowing as if lit from within. Those forests have pure gold poured over them. Ease into this otherworldly beauty and take a nice nature break:
Sometimes, sitting the sterile fluorescent light of my small cubicle at work, it brings great peace and satisfaction to know there is beauty somewhere out there, high in the mountains where the air is clean and all is quiet, where leaves glow golden in honeyed afternoon sunshine and drift silently to the ground.