Autumn Colors blanket the Southern Ute Reservation

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Oak brush turns to deep red along the Buck Highway, shrouded in a thick fog, Friday, Oct. 20.
Ute landscapes awash with color.
Horses frolic under a blanket of morning mist on the Southern Ute Reservation.
A lone tree stands testament to time, and the changing of each season.
Shorter days and cooler weather bear with it a certain quietness along reservation roads.
Vibrant colors signal the end of summer along the Los Pinos River corridor.
The sun breaks through the fog, as morning comes alive across the Southern Ute landscape.
Waterways bear the evidence of changing seasons, as leaves fall from trees in preparation for winter.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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Cooler nights, heavy fog and the vibrant colors of autumn are signaling the change of the season. Rich hues of red, gold and orange can be seen along the Los Pinos River, and throughout the Southern Ute Reservation. Deer and elk can be found grazing in the early morning light, bears shuffling through wooded areas in search of food before their long winter hibernation. The occasional hawk keeps a sharp lookout from its perch. Horses laze about, enjoying the last rays of sunshine each afternoon; the days are getting shorter. Hunters don their blaze orange jackets to harvest game; the sound of woodcutting resonates across Ute lands. Snow frosted peaks can be seen to the north, as the first winter storms make their way into the Weminuche.

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