Aspen Gold Abstract
As a big departure from all of the grand scenics in my portfolio, Iíve been looking for a great place to capture a more intimate, abstract image with aspen trees and lots of gold color. And while the idea seemed simple enough when I first saw it almost 3 years ago, I found the perfectionist in me made it take far longer than I would have guessed. What else is new? :-)
In-fact, I had pretty well accepted that I wasnít going make my visualized image a reality - for the second year in a row. Not one to give up though, I couldnít help but scour the landscapes on my way down from the top of the Last Dollar Road at the end of a recent fall foliage trip in the San Juans. When I got down below the overlooks, I felt like I was really onto something. Iím not sure why because Iíd been through the same area only a few days earlier. But for some reason, I felt like my internal divining rod was just about to smack me in the face.
After parking and wandering around for a bit, I came across an area with an old fence snaking itís way through the aspen grove. And at this point, I knew I was close... The pretty factor was almost pegged. I saw the clean aspen tree trunks I was looking for and plenty of glowing yellow aspen leaves to add the color I wanted. So with some time and patience, I made sure to find a composition I liked. And with this turning out to be final ďgoodĒ image from this yearís Colorado fall foliage, I hope you enjoy my small step into the abstract.
This single exposure image was captured shortly after sunrise from the Last Dollar Road near Telluride, Colorado.
February 23rd, 2013
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