Aspens on Last Dollar Rd
Near Telluride, CO
During the peak fall season in Colorado, the golden Aspen trees are everywhere—on almost every ridge and in almost every valley. However, it is sometimes very difficult to capture the “essence” of the white trees with the little golden leaves. I was looking for a large clump of golden Aspen leaves that would fill up a whole frame to create the illusion that they were everywhere.
I tried tons of Aspen groves, but never could find the right composition. And then one day, when I was driving the Last Dollar Road up by the Drunken Aspens, I came upon a set of Aspens that seems to fit the bill. The image above was on the top of a hill with an Aspen grove below, thus filling the frame with nothing by golden leaves and the tops of the white tree trunks. This was just what I was looking for.