October has always been my favourite month in the Rockies. Landscapes go from green to yellow to white all in one short month. Larches turn gold in the alpine reaches and leaves in the valleys are draped white with snow before they have a chance to fall. The light changes as quickly as the colours. Days become shorter and the mornings and afternoons are filled with warm light from a low southern sun.
Even the air changes. Crisp air before sunrise and after sunset remind the lungs of winter’s chill, and moisture snakes through the valleys in low rolling fog.