Early Autumn at Mount Snow
Mount Snow is a popular ski resort in southern Vermont, but most people never see it from this angle, viewed from near the Somerset Reservoir. (The ski lifts are on the opposite side of the peak from here.)
Early autumn can be a strange time in the mountains. Even though it is true that overall, leaves change sooner at the higher elevations than the lower ones, there can be wide discrepancies within the higher elevations. Sometimes the mountain valleys get cold before the hilltops do, and so you see more bright colors lower down than near the peaks. Another factor in this is the distribution of tree species; the more colorful maples tend not to grow near the summits.