October 6, 2017

Aspens in Autumn in Santa Fe

Located in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico in the United States

The leaves are turning and its colder at night. Fall is here. Just in case that was not clear enough, the tourists are heading up the Sangre de Cristo mountains to walk through the trembling Aspens, named after their fluttering in a slight breeze.

I joined in, but in a slightly different capacity, as 15 yogis and I trekked up the mountains to do a bit of stretching in a stunning meadow half way up. New Age Ostentatious? Affected? You betcha, but we loved it anyway.

The trees though are something to behold. I also learned that an Aspen forest can all the be the same entity.

They can grow from 45 feet to 100 feet in height and need plenty of sunshine to grow. They often flourish in dense groves and reproduce quickly. They can survive very intense conditions due to their vegetative reproduction which means they can even survive forest fires. The tree itself may die, but the extensive underground root system will survive and it rejuvenates once sunlight reaches the forest floor again. These fires can actually encourage the growth of new aspen. Individual trees can live for more than 150 years, but their super-immune interconnected root system can stay intact and alive for thousands. These eventually sprout clones which are genetically identical trees. They have identical characteristics due to sharing the same root structure.

Utah’s Pando forest of Aspens are thought to be at least 80,000 years old and perhaps as old as a million years, and as it is one entity, its estimated to be 6600 tons.
The Aspens can grow in a range of 5000-12000 feet, so these mountains outside of Santa Fe are perfect for them and they are thriving.

Enjoy the photos and come join us at Apex Office Centers if you need to get some work done.

~ by John Tomnay. CEO at Apex Office Centers