This fall, it’s sad to say, has for me been unlike most years. I’m not in a place that has real seasons, and so am missing the show that deciduous trees put on at this time of year throughout the northern hemisphere’s temperate latitudes. But don’t feel sorry. Over the past few years I’ve been able to take a lot of time, mostly in the Rocky Mountain states, photographing fall colors.
Autumn in the Rockies is all about the quaking aspen. Starting in early September in the north and going to first of November in New Mexico, aspens spend all too brief a time showing off the dazzling golden hues they are famous for. Since I love transitions, I like shooting aspens as their color is just coming on, when a lot of subtle greens and other hues compete with the yellows. I like going late too, when they are starting to lose their leaves. It’s when the trees’ graceful silvery trunks show through, and when an early winter storm is more likely to mantle them with new-fallen snow.
This pair of images, though from two different places, purposely show only the trees, with no mountains, cabins or other elements to distract your eye. I even avoided colorful sky and dramatic light. The first picture, at top, was captured in early October near the peak of color. The second image below was actually captured a few days earlier than the first but on a different year and at a higher elevation near Aspen, Colorado. These trees were desperately holding on to their last leaves, exposing their elegant white trunks. A beautiful forest of blue spruce is in the background.
I hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy some crisp and colorful fall days this year. If not and you’re in the right place, don’t waste anymore time. Winter is coming! Thanks for visiting.