Ohio & Kebler Pass Fall Colors
Crested Butte & Gunnison, CO
Many biologists and researchers believe that the largest living organism on the planet is the aspen grove. Aspens reproduce through their roots near the surface, which are known as suckers, that send up new chutes that eventually grow up to become trees. This means their root systems are completely interconnected and therefore, all of its leaves appear at the same time in the spring, and they also simultaneously turn gold in the fall, creating incredible foliage displays. The Pando grove (the Latin word for Pando means “to spread.”) in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest currently holds the title for the worlds largest aspen grove (estimated 47,000 trunks, 100+ acres of land), which means that it is also considered the world’s largest living organism. However, some researchers believe that the groves on Kebler Pass are possibly larger – they’re just not quite done with the study yet.
Last year, I had taken a fairly monster detour over the pass to see the supposedly incredible Kebler Pass Fall Colors and it definitely didn’t disappoint. This year, I wanted to get back to shoot in some golden light and explore a bit. The leafs were better than where I had been in the San Juans throughout the previous days and near-peaking, but the weather really kept me from exploring too much – just rain and snow for the majority of the time.