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Well, to be honest, there was also some of the color I have been searching for ... a little bit in the beginning and later a bit more :)

After finishing my night shift this morning, I drove home, changed my clothes, grabbed my photo backpack and headed for the mountains to hopefully see autumnal orange colored larches.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

Compared to the past days it was quite cold at 2C down in the valley and there was an ice cold wind in the mountains and it was snowing very lightly every now and then.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

UFO or cloud? Some cloud formations looked more interesting than the mountains. I don't see such massive clouds very often.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

As said in the beginning, there was some color - a few trees have already changed their color, mostly the ones that were growing higher up on the mountains.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

Just as I stopped the car to take a photo of some orange larches, the sun was peeking over the hill and lit them nicely up.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

In the beginning of my trip, there were almost no autumnal colored trees, but the further I drove into the mountains, the more orange spots appeared between the still green trees.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

Below you can see the same tree photographed today and on October 26, 2020. So, in about 2 weeks time the tree should be orange again. If you look close (click to open in fullsize), you will see that a few branches have already started to turn orange.

Green vs Autumnal ColorsOctober 10, 2021
Green vs Autumnal ColorsOctober 26, 2020

Just in case you want to know where I have been: I was driving on the Nockalm Road through the Nock Mountains (Wikipedia).

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

 

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

In about two weeks all green will have turned into a beautiful orange colored woodland. Hopefully the weather will be just as nice as it was today: quite cloudy with the sun peeking through from time to time.

Autumn 2021 - Nock Mountains, Carinthia, Austria

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