Fall Canyon Colors Report

By Jerry Boyer
author: Canyon Echoes



September 13th

Ever so slowly, canyon colors have reach 25% with hues of limes and gold permeating the view.  Only the early cottonwoods and groundcover show any signs of yellow.  40% is total saturation of lime before the burst of the autumn palette that may occur this weekend.


Next report Tuesday.


September 10th

Ever so slowly colors keep creeping into the canyon at 15% with mid-level shrubs showing slight yellow tinges while treetops of the leafy trees becoming more lime tones. At this pace, the Autumn display with peak may reach into October.
Next report Tuesday. 



September 6th

Canyon colors progressing slowly at 7% as abundant moisture this year has enriched the forest plant community.  Only the ground cover is beginning to display fall colors while the treetops are just barely beginning to show hints of yellow. 


The canyon floor is becoming rich in the yellows of the small-leaf dogbane, bracken fern, and reddish hues of the large-leaf wild grape and ivy (poison, that is -:)


Next report Tuesday.




September 4th



Slight hints of Autumn colors in Spearfish Canyon at 5%.


Tinges of gold and lime green creep throughout the canyon floor in the grasses and low hanging shrubs.


The late start may mean a longer Fall color display with peak in early October.



Canyon Colors 9/6

25% as of September 13th

Canyon Colors 9/6

15% as of September 10th

Canyon Colors 9/6

7% as of September 6th

Canyon Colors 9/6

5% as of September 4th