Changing leaves paint high country almost overnight

7:48 PM, Sep 22, 2011   |    comments
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"Working out here on the road is always pretty tough,"' Dzubak said.

Still, he says if you have to do it, his current job between Copper Mountain and Leadville is the perfect place and the perfect time to be out on a highway in the high country. Just as leaves are turning, his job is beautiful, surrounded by another awe-inspiring autumn.

"You have the great scenery with the leaves turning," Dzubak said.

Experts like Beth Huron with the Colorado State University Summit County Extension Office say weather conditions are just right for leaves to start turning.

"It's getting down around freezing, and when you get that, you start getting the colors just changing ove night. Literally, every day we have more color," Huron said.

Between now and early October is the best time to see the Colorado landscape painted, which for Dzubak means he and his yellow vest will blend into the background, and it won't be long before the snow falls. He says the road needs to be finished to make it as smooth for the tires as the scenery is on the eyes,

"It's a lot smoother ride than it was when I first started coming up to work," Dzubak said.

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