Aspens near Cripple Creek, Colorado - My annual half-day fall color tour was this morning and we had a good-sized group along. This stand of aspens was located just north of Gillette Flats along Highway 67S and was especially eye-catching due to the brilliant reds. The sun had just risen over the ridge to the east, which backlit the leaves, making them glow. Because it was located up rather high above a cliff, I used my 100-400mm zoom to bring it up closer. This year seems to be one of the better ones for fall color. I'll be leading a three-day tour around the Aspen area early next week, so you'll have a chance to see more of Colorado's "Golden Hills".