Prophesies of impending fall creep stealthily over the Great Divide. Gold-green Aspens shiver in the breeze like leagues of fibrous wind chimes serenading the mountain slopes with aires of shimmering gold.
A few distant bugle calls echo across the Big Thompson valley as bull elks warm up for the autumn rut. Sudden early gusts of frigid wind bring waves of sleet and snow - in tune with the turning polar axis.
The greater chill is soon to come. The animals know it as do we. Bears bulk up on grasses, roots and berries. Elk and deer drift down from the heights To show their young the ways of the plains and river valleys.
We pull our sweaters on and toss another log on the flames and greet the harbingers of approaching fall creeping stealthily over the Great Divide.