Falling leaves in autumn colors set the scene in Carson City


Matt Hufman

Using the falling autumn leaves on the state capitol grounds as a backdrop, Jerit Shuman photographs his mother, Lilliam, on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The Shumans are from Gardnerville.

Finding Nevada: Autumn at the Capitol

Wind blows leaves in front of the state Capitol in Carson City on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Our state capitol grounds in Carson City are beautiful year round, but with winter staging its arrival in Northern Nevada, the scene during the last Sunday of October was especially sublime, the expansive lawns strewn with leaves in majestic autumn colors — vibrant deep reds, pumpkin oranges and sunburst yellows.

Just steps from the governor’s office, Chantelle Ewing and her two sons took the opportunity on Sunday to frolic in the grass, proclaiming through the giggles, “I have such a newfound love for fall.”

The Capitol, which was built in 1870, seemed the perfect backdrop, what with its park-like setting punctuated by flowering plum trees and red maples.

The setting proved seductive for Lilliam Shuman of Gardnerville, who arrived on the scene in a long white dress with her 13-year-old son, Jerit. A self-described “lover of photography,” Shuman struck yoga poses while her son took photos.

Some Nevada scenes are timeless.

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