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Letter: Winter’s coming; that’s what matters

John Stephenson
Glenwood Springs

With irrational exuberance and a sense of guileless immortality, the fall colors are once again tumbling downvalley like a tie-dyed rabble of late ‘60s festival-goers. A few are quite subtle and more are sublime, but all are more likely to burn out than fade away.

As seen from our town’s noble recycling center along School Street, the thirsty willows are taking on a burnished luster, shifting from green to gold then finally to a leafless burnt orange. The pungent sage is shimmering and flickering toward a silvery flameout.

The great river oaks, the cottonwoods, just weeks ago bathing and blurring our urban edges in reassuring incanescence, have now become resolute golden standard bearers, unflinchingly resigned to glow on and soldier through the season’s first wet snows.

The scrub oaks, our native ground cover, as always, were quick out of the gate and eager to please, but now, duty bound, have selflessly woven their muted earth tones into the headlong hillsides.

And lovely to see yet somewhat annoying, the foppish, non-native fruit trees and hardwoods shamelessly flaunt their store-bought colors like a troupe of Kansas City river dandies.

Thankfully, all of this temporal foolishness is suffered with unwavering indifference by the green, dark forest and timberless high country far above — where the only season that truly matters has already arrived.


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