Leaf peepers delight in Colorado Life Magazine’s fall issues thanks to the stunning images of fall foliage we feature each year, and the September/October 2017 issue doesn’t disappoint. Readers who come for the golden aspen photos will stay for this issue’s other great stories and photos.
We kick off with “Camera-ready Colorado: How & where to photograph fall landscapes,” a photo essay with incredible autumn photos that also gives amateur photographers the knowhow to travel the state and capture some fantastic fall shots of your own. Next, we travel up the road from Boulder to Nederland, where one man has hand-carved and painted dozens of carousel animals at the Carousel of Happiness, a landmark that has a remarkably poignant backstory dating back to the Vietnam War.
We next journey to the northeastern Plains to experience the food, music and history of the Germans from Russia, an often overlooked people whose hard work in the sugar beet fields helped put the region on the map, and whose way of life has become the hidden foundation for much of Front Range culture. We also have great German-Russian recipes, including the krautburger, the culinary legacy of this people. Moving down to Denver, we pay a visit to the Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s largest beer competition, to meet the Colorado brewers who are vying with the best national breweries to take home a raft of gold medals.
And we’ve only just begun. The fun and quirky Sluice Box section boasts stories on adorable donkeys who wander the streets of Cripple Creek, the Jurassic Park-style revival of an extinct species of delicious Colorado apple from Canon City, the marvelous barn quilt tour through Morgan County and the Denver duo who debunk ghost stories without taking away from the spooky fun.
Colorado Creators tells the tale of Morgan Wolfers, an autistic boy who uses his unique perspective on the world to create remarkable photos; Lyle Nichols, the Palisade sculptor we’ve dubbed the Michelangelo of junk; Patti Stickler, the Fort Collins retiree who uses her newfound painting skills to overcome the symptoms of multiple sclerosis; and the upcoming Netflix movie version of late, beloved Colorado author Kent Haruf’s final novel, Our Souls at Night.
All this, plus daytrip ideas, hiking spots, photo tips, a Colorado quiz and more can be found in the latest issue of Colorado Life Magazine. Grab it off the magazine rack at any local supermarket or bookstore, or subscribe today and never miss another issue.