Tales From Utah Valley: Autumning in Utah Valley
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
So reads a portion of the poem, “Fall, Leaves, Fall” by Emily Brontë. As soon as the autumnal equinox arrived on Sept. 22, a wave of excitement for the new season seemed to come with it. Suddenly, beautiful photos showing signs of autumn were popping up on social media and people began exploring the outdoors in search of vibrant colors while enjoying the cool, crisp air.
Utah Valley is full of colorful places to visit to experience the beauties of autumn. Where are some of the best places to explore? Who better to ask than photographers — artists who are always searching for exquisite scenery to capture with their cameras. I recently asked three local photographers, who are all part of the Utah Lake Photography Club, where they like to go to capture autumn beauty.
Barbara Johnson loves to photograph Squaw Peak in Provo Canyon, especially during her favorite season — autumn. “Long rides through our beautiful canyons with the windows rolled down, the air is crisp and clean and the trees are bursting with yellow and crimson leaves,” she said. “You just feel good all over.”
Johnson said that people love to visit Squaw Peak because of the stunning views. “We have the valley and Utah Lake, endless sky and grand mountains full of brilliant color,” Johnson said. “What more could we ask for?”
Local photographer Jason Robison enjoys photographing the Cascade Springs Bridge, which is often visited when people are traveling the Alpine Loop. “I love going to this area and seeing the amount of people out enjoying nature. Many childhood memories are created here for so many people,” he said.
Robison said that one of the greatest things about living in Utah County is the number of close-by areas where the changing leaves can be seen. “Whether it’s a drive, brief walk or hike, we live in a beautiful place that’s close enough to enjoy,” he said.
Another beautiful nearby bridge that is a popular autumn destination is the Swinging Bridge near Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork Canyon. This is a favorite spot for photographer Garth Rogers.
“The water has amazing color and small falls. The bridge is absolutely gorgeous with stones and a stone wall. The fall leaves are amazing colors with yellow leaves as a lighted backdrop behind the bridge,” Rogers said.
“Autumn begins in Utah County and it is the only time of year that the leaves will turn into flowers. Utah County is full of autumn color — reds, yellow, peach, orange,” Rogers added. “Utah County in autumn is the most beautiful place on earth.”