Monday, October 04, 2010

Thinking of Aspen

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Aspen Trees Reflected on Lake, Bishop, California
It seems that time runs so fast these days, it is already October, and soon, December comes, and then the year 2011. I have been struggling with my time lately, it seems that 24 hours in a day is not enough :( So many things to do, yet so little time. Sometimes, I wish I am like the koalas, who have the luxury to sleep 16 to 18 hours in a day. However, then if I sleep that long I am afraid I will not be able to enjoy hiking, since there is only 6 to 8 hours left for me, and some trails require more time than that. Fall colors have peaked now in most places, I can just imagine the dreamy colors of the quaking aspen trees covering the rocky mountains.

The aspen tree is the most widely distributed tree species in North America.
Huge Colony of Aspen Trees
The Aspen trees range from Alaska down the Rocky Mountains to California and Mexico. Utah and Colorado is home to the largest portion of the natural acreage of aspen in the World. Aspen grow in large clonal colonies that is derived from a single seedling, and spreads through roots. The root system of an aspen is long lived, up to several thousand years old. Aspen survive forest fires, since their roots are below the heat of fire, and new aspen trees will sprout after the fire burns out. Before, we used to have a weekend get-away last week of September to enjoy the beautiful colors of aspen trees.
Relaxing in the lake surrounded by Golden Hues of Aspen
However, this year, I am so struggling with my time that a weekend get-away to the rocky mountains is just not possible :( The nearest vacation I can think of is somewhere in November. There may be no more golden colors that time of the year, but well, I enjoy barren aspen clothed in snow too, and would enjoy snowshoeing too. This time, having seen from a co-teacher sandboarding at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and snowboarding at the Rocky Mountains, I am looking at aspen rentals in Colorado. Sandboarding and snowshoeing, here I come :)
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24 comments:

  1. hi Beth, it's great to see you here. you've been missed... don't worry about catching up, we all understand. know that we are always thinking and praying for you and Khai always. you guys take care, ok?
    The aspen trees are sooooooooo pretty! your photos never fail to blow me away, whew!

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  2. The aspen trees are so beautiful. They are so yellowish-green. :D

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  3. Time is too little for me, especially at the weekend.

    The beauty of nature makes me feeling so short my weekend is.

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  4. What a glorious seen those golden aspens make reflected in that lake. I would like to join you in seeing that, betchai. It has been years since I've been to the Rockies or the Canadian Rockies. Have you ever been to Banff or Chateau Lake Louise, both wonderful places in the province of Alberta in Canada...they are just breathtaking.

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  5. Beautiful colours of autumn :)

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  6. Our fall is being ruined by a lot of rain this year. Unfortunately, the rain knocks the leaves off the trees before they have a chance to look beautiful. I hope some will be left when it stops raining.

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  7. I know what you mean about not having enough hours in a day! It seems like we will always have so much to do and not enough time for everything..

    Gorgeous photos, Betchai..Take care and don't worry about catching up..

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  8. You have just shown me another breathtaking place that I want to visit!!!! I am so glad that you post these beautiful pictures of nature’s beauty!!!!

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  9. this is a spectacular place, i wish i was there.

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  10. Aspens are some of the most beautiful trees. You're so active that I can't see you sleep for 16 hours a day. :)

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  11. Wow... what a size these trees create. I had seen them in so many pictures before but didn't know what the tree is called. Now I know the name is Aspen :) Wonderful shots, all of them.

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  12. Betchai, these shots are just glorious. Those wonderfully golden colors are so exciting yet serene. Just beautiful and I'm sure a wonderful spot to visit.

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  13. The gold is so beautiful. Autumn is truly here.

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  14. These autumn colors are beautiful. Hope to see more pics from u soon :) I always look forward to your comments. Often some give comments but yrs often hit right on target. It is like u understood or read between the lines. Mayb today is mylongkang appreciation day of you :D A cmplimentary wink n handshake form Bengbeng :D

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  15. Love the golden mood of Aspen. You have a very blessed life.

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  16. Wow.. gorgeous golden color of such a beautiful place!

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  17. Lovely photos, Beth! Beautiful scenery. Love the golden hues of fall, and the crisp air -refreshing and romantic!

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  18. Ohhhh. Same here, the year is almost over, and yes, it is really scary. I can never get enough time. So many things to do Betchai. I have several to do notebooks, I keep one where I spend most time, and still I don't have enough room to write everything I want to do down. So I am a little worry wart...smiles

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  19. wishing you have more time to enjoy what makes you happy betchai!

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  20. awesome! these photos are breathtaking. didn't realize that California has magnificent foliage too. it's so amazing.

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  21. Hi Bets, I am back from my trip to Montana and Wyoming. Though I have not seen the golden aspens like these.

    I love the gold and warmth of its colors. Hope to drive this weekend to the Eastern Sierras.

    Hope everything is well with you and Khai, Zee is back too.

    See you around.

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  22. I can tell how hectic your schedule is, imagine just a matter of minutes that we missed each other's call and that was it.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!