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071 ASPEN AND HOARFROST

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Black Hills, South Dakota. A signal of autumn's passing, an October snowstorm leaves in its wake thick spikes of hoarfrost clinging to the leaves and branches of a quaking aspen decorated in fall color. Usually beginning in early September, the hillsides, stream courses and prairie lands of the Black Hills start to come alive with the fiery colors of autumn as cool nights return and daylight hours decrease. But these colors are fleeting. By late October, cold north winds, hard frosts and more frequent storms will strip the leaves from their branches and they will fall to the earth. Over the course of the winter, the leaves will become cover for young grasses, a blanket of warmth for a deer bed, and eventually nutrients for the soil.
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MICHAEL FORSBERG PHOTOGRAPHY .100 N 8TH STREET, SUITE 150.LINCOLN, NE 68508.402.477.5030
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Black Hills, South Dakota. A signal of autumn's passing, an October snowstorm leaves in its wake thick spikes of hoarfrost clinging to the leaves and branches of a quaking aspen decorated in fall color. Usually beginning in early September, the hillsides, stream courses and prairie lands of the Black Hills start to come alive with the fiery colors of autumn as cool nights return and daylight hours decrease. But these colors are fleeting. By late October, cold north winds, hard frosts and more frequent storms will strip the leaves from their branches and they will fall to the earth. Over the course of the winter, the leaves will become cover for young grasses, a blanket of warmth for a deer bed, and eventually nutrients for the soil.