aspens

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

This stand of aspens and I have had conversations for most of my life, literally. From before moments I remember, I have passed by, passed through, and passed among these trees, and I feel their breath; there is a communion between us.

It is a relationship beyond words, but within the capability of image.

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Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens moved Ansel Adams, and for good reason. The mountains of the West are fraught with shadows, especially in the early morning and late evening hours of the day, making a dramatic backdrop for the whitewashed splendor of one of nature’s largest communities. What do I mean? Aspens groves are a single organism, connected below ground by an interconnected network of roots. They are as one, a suitable metaphor for our own relationship with the world.

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

*Additional note: Someone asked me via e-mail how I produced this image in Photoshop. My answer: It wasn’t. It has been color-corrected and sharpened, since it was shot as a Raw image (.CR2, not .DNG), but otherwise was produced in-camera. A good question!

Aspens Group, Park County

Aspens, Park County

Aspens, Park County

I am neither the first nor the last artist to feel a magic attraction to aspens, and I spent a considerable number of predawn mornings giving into that desire. This conversation between five trees exuded personality and humanity, and I felt as though I were intruding on a private moment in the forest.

Well, I’m Back: Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

Aspens, Chaffee County

I’m back a week early; unforeseen circumstances meant I had to cancel ranch shooting (ouch, ouch, ouch–nothing pains me more than leaving photographs behind, but this couldn’t be helped), so I made lemonade out of lemons.

I’ve experimented with impressionist images for more than a decade, and a few years ago, an acquaintance suggested a new direction for these. I’ve been working to find my voice for some time since, and this comes closer than I’ve ever been to expressing the feeling of an aspen grove in the high country at 10,000 feet above sea level.