City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

October 28, 2016

October 28th

Filed under: Colors, picnic site 11, Weather — canopus56 @ 6:35 pm

Rain Colors

4:30 p.m. A cold front with light rain followed yesterday’s warm high-wind. This has brought out different colors on the southern canyon slope between mile 1.1 and mile 1.5, and the canyon looks much different from when the trees, grasses and ground are dry. Previously, the slope was more of a uniform brown and grey, but with water, more patches of color appear. Open areas become the light brown of dry grasses mixes with green. The maple trees lighten, not from leaves turning, but from the existing leaves on the trees lightening. On that south slope, large groves of maples whose leaves have not detached are more easily seen. The south slope must be shielded somehow from strong winds. All the maples on the canyon floor have been stripped clean.

Today is a Friday that includes the Halloween weekend, and there is major sports game tonight. The canyon is almost empty except for 5 walkers and runners, and no hunters in cars. I have the canyon to myself in solitude.

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