Where did it go? Fall comes to the Interior...

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Fall Colors Fairbanks Alaska

I hate to start talking about how fast time is flying by, because it's inevitable some wiseacre will say something about age.  But, it's true.  It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the arrival of spring and now the first snowflakes of winter are falling. 

We were fortunate this year to have what felt like an actual Autumn, rather than moving from summer to winter in a matter of days.  Mother Nature blessed us with a warm, dry fall that, for me at least, makes the arrival of winter seem a little less dreary. 

Since it's snowing and I'm not ready for the white stuff just yet, I thought I would post a few photo's of the fall colors in Interior Alaska.


Fall Colors Fairbanks Alaska

We have a multitude of hues of yellows and golds but don't typically see a great deal of reds in our fall colors.  But, just two short hours south in Denali National Park, the color pallette comes alive with almost every color imaginable. 

Fall Colors Fairbanks Alaska

We spent an afternoon hiking up this old dry creek bed taking pictures of the colors and wildlife. I love summers in the Park, but Mother Nature really puts on a show in the fall. 

Fall Colors Fairbanks Alaska

Although beautiful, these mountain streams never really get above 'frigid' despite the near constant sunshine.  Yours truly discovered that what is frigid in June is downright cold as ice in September.  Note to self; watch where you step.

Fall Colors Fairbanks Alaska

There is a saying that goes "when the fireweed blossoms turn to cotton, summer days will soon be forgotten." The cotton signals the end of summer. Well, the blossoms have turned to cotton, and since snow is falling, it must be so! Now, where the heck are my snowshoes?


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Wayne Palmer
Eddie Palmer
WNC Dreams Realty

You tempt me to visit!  Alas, not this year, but we have some splendor in Western North Carolina which can suffice until I get there to see yours.  I may even bring my fly rod and test the fish in that stream!

We are so fortunate to live in a country so beautiful and have freedom to roam at any time we choose!!

September 23, 2009 12:33 PM
Mary Douglas
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
United Country Ponderosa Realty

Just gorgeous photos Jesse!  Glad you are enjoying fall, the colors are just beautiful!

September 23, 2009 02:29 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Jesse...I was up in your Great state in August.  My time spent was fantastic!  I wish I would have had time when I was in Fairbanks to visit with you and have a beverage or two, but we were in late and out very early.

Thanks for the pcis my friend.  We were told how fantastic the colors were and wish we could have seen more.

September 23, 2009 04:16 PM
Brian Burke
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
Kenna Real Estate

Beautiful photos and they remind me of Finland so much. (homesick). Now, we just had snow here yesterday but no fall colors yet! ~Rita

September 23, 2009 04:46 PM
Sabrina Kelley
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado
ERA The Herman Group

Really stunning photos. We are enjoying an early snow fall in Colorado already. OK. I admit it. The 1st snowfall is hard, especially three days of it at the end of September. Time to roll up the hoses and pick up the shovels.

September 23, 2009 07:26 PM
Gary Woltal
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Keller Williams Realty

VERY rich colors Jesse. Thanks for those. Each one almost like a painting...

September 23, 2009 07:30 PM
Donna Bigda
Greater New Haven CT Real Estate
RE/MAX Alliance

Jesse - Your photos are stunning.  I thought we had dibs on autumn here in New England when it came to color but these shots are spectacular.  So good to see you back in the "rain."

September 23, 2009 08:58 PM
Lise Howe
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
Keller Williams Capital Properties

Your photos are beautiful and remind me of what a great trip we had to Alaska a few years ago. Wow - you are so lucky to have such beauty around you! We are still enjoying warm weather and the leaves haven't begun to change.

September 23, 2009 10:10 PM
Michael Myers
King-Rhodes & Associates

Our trip to interior Alaska and "off the beaten path" was one of the best trips we have ever had. Thanks for the pics. Folks, if you have never been to Alaska, do it, and don't just do a cruise. Fly to Anchorage, get a car, and go see the real Alaska, and spend at least two or three weeks doing it. Getting away from the packaged and milktoast vacation excursions and doing your own thing is the only way to fly.

Thanks again for the reminder on why I need to get back there.

September 23, 2009 10:16 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
Preferred Home Brokers

Hi Jessie,

Oh my gosh, your photos are absolutely breathtaking, how wonderful! Thanks for the colorful visions. Are you back from vacation now? Seems like you're were vacationing for months, am I right?

September 23, 2009 10:51 PM
Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent

Jessie & Kathy - All I can say is breath-taking and congrats on the Gold, let's keep this post alive!

Featured at one of my favorite groups....... EXPRESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AT ACTIVERAIN


September 24, 2009 12:55 AM
Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Jessie & Kathy, my neighbor just got back from two weeks in Alaska with some great photos, but nothing at all like yours.  WOW!

September 24, 2009 08:48 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time

YIPPEE -- today is "two fer Thursday" on your blog.  I just reported a "concern" (score 10 pts.) AND got to view some beautiful photos!   THANKS!!

 [hmmmm . . . time flies . . . must be due to their age]


September 24, 2009 01:23 PM
Karen Pierce
Karen Pierce | Housing Counselor |Oregon

Jesse - Lovely display of Denali's fall colors. Glad you had a brief Fall before snow flakes began to fall. I'm so not ready for the snow, but we won't likely see any around our corner of the world until end of November/ December. Hard to think about that today, when it's pushing 95 degrees!

September 24, 2009 05:04 PM
Sherry Lee Cox
Platinum Properties

Burr!  Our daytime temps are still around 100 in Paso Robles, but that will be changing soon.  Think we're having our last hot spell.  Then it will be on to a real autumn.  Thanks for the great photos!

September 24, 2009 06:54 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty Homer Alaska

Beautiful Photos... but you are right ...winter is coming... but you get it before us in Homer... at lease this year we had a gorgous summer and fall and pictures to prove it! How do you get those photos on the side... all of them are just raging beautiful shots!

September 28, 2009 03:00 AM
Frank Rubi
Homes for Sale Metairie, La.
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC.

Jessie and Kathy, beautiful photos. I need to make it to Alaska someday. It was in the low 90's here in New Orleans yesterday.     

September 28, 2009 09:19 AM
Steve Loynd
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc.,

Jesse, I posted some foliage pix in the Express it with photos group, Your are amazing. We are expecting a 50% chance of snow tonight...here in the white mountains of NH.

September 30, 2009 07:07 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408


I somehow managed to miss this post, just noticed it. You know I love your photos. I got a feeling that  something has changed. Different camera, different lenses, or digital processing? Colors are very rich, and may even seem  strikingly bright, but I have seen that, when you would think that it can't be true, and it is.

Just curious whether you have changed something

October 05, 2009 11:16 PM
Liz Flint
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty

Hi Jesse and Kathy, what beautiful pictures.  Love the landscape picture of Denali. 

June 05, 2010 02:45 PM
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