Aspen Interlude


This is my first fall in Colorado and I was somewhat surprised by the number of people that flock to the Western Slopes to photograph the colorful and dramatic scenery. I met a number of photographers (and dogs) at my various stops. Some lived as close as my new hometown of Ridgway, many were from the front range near Denver and some lived as far away as Switzerland. It was fun meeting everyone, hearing their stories and sometimes sharing tips on where to go. With that said, there is also a benefit to photographing alone. The images in this post are from a recent shoot in a lovely aspen grove… all by myself. Here I was able to get into ‘the zone’… a sort of zen-like experience. Without distractions and outside influences I was in the moment, totally immersed in the trees and captures. It was a very enjoyable morning!

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'The Colors of Fall' © Denise Bush click to view larger or order a print

‘The Colors of Fall’ © Denise Bush
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'Across the Meadow' © Denise Bush click here to view larger or order a print

‘Across the Meadow’ © Denise Bush
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'Among the Aspens' © Denise Bush click here to view larger or order a print

‘Among the Aspens’ © Denise Bush
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'Field of Aspens' © Denise Bush © Denise Bush

‘Field of Aspens’ © Denise Bush

'Young Aspen Grove in Autumn' © Denise Bush

‘Young Aspen Grove in Autumn’ © Denise Bush

‘Aspens In the Morning’ © Denise Bush

'Aspen Gathering' G Denise Bush click here to view larger or order a print

‘Aspen Gathering’ © Denise Bush

'Aspen Tree Welcome' © Denise Bush click here to view larger or order a print

‘Aspen Tree Welcome’ © Denise Bush
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'Aspen Trio' © Denise Bush click here to view larger or order a print

‘Aspen Trio’ © Denise Bush
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'Aspens In a Row' © Denise Bush

‘Aspens In a Row’ © Denise Bush
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40 Responses to “Aspen Interlude”

  1. 1 Deb

    Stunning Denise, I almost feel like I’m there. But I’m not…. 😦

  2. So beautiful! I wonder if it was a poplar species that gave rise to pointillism? Many of these photos make me think of Impressionists like Monet (esp. Aspen Trio).

    • Yes… maybe Georges Seurat came up with the idea while painting similar trees! It seem the orange and red round aspen leaves have this affect more than the yellow. I think it is because there is more color variation and contrast in those trees. If you look at the linked large versions and magnify them you will see the detail in the leaves.

      • I did do that to see the wonderful details and also visited your FAA site, which is quite impressive! Frames, mats, the works, all delivered to your door. The miracle of the internet! If I had the bucks, I’d be ordering up a storm. 🙂

  3. Nice series on how the seasons show their change out West. I think that you see so many people because so much of CO does not have the hardwoods we have beck East and they have to travel for the color…My sister-in-law (from Greeley) was just here to visit our colorful Fall in CT.

    • Well I think aspen trees are pretty much all over Colorado. Do you think we have more of the orange and even red here on the Western Slopes? I’m thinking so many come here because it is very majestic and unspoiled along with the abundant color.

  4. 9 Sarah Kruger

    Dang it Denise, you keep getting better and better. I think Colorado agrees with you and your photographic abilities. Just letting you know I’m thinking of you and Brent. Hope all is well

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Thank you for posting these! I’ve been painting studies of aspens over the past few weeks in order to do a commission, and your photos are great for me to reference both leaf color and bark detail. Great photos!

  6. 13 Joe perno

    WOW is all I have to say. Such amazing work.

  7. Wow such amazing images – thank you for sharing the beauty of nature as you captured with your lens.

  8. Gorgeous autumn colors. Aspens are the best. Great job, Denise.

  9. 19 Editor

    I love this beautiful restful series. This is photography that manages to capture the essential peace of a simple scene (no dramatic landscape necessary) – or even amplify it! Thank you….

  10. 21 Russ Hunt

    Beautiful work as usual.

  11. Beautiful images. I like your idea of photographing alone and being able to get into a zone. I am feeling more and more like that is the way to get out and do photography.

    • Thanks Ken. I like going out with other people sometimes but think I often do better on my own. It should be about personal expression so it makes sense.

  12. If I had to pick a fav, I guess it would be Aspen Tree Welcome. I totally get your solo photography nirvana. I find that I almost never take photos when I’m with other people. Or if I do, I rush and don’t do the justice. Even with my really patient and supportive friends, I just can’t quite …well, you said it, get in the zone.

  13. I love it when you are in the zone. This is a great set of images to add to your now large body of aspen photographs. I’m particularly enamored with the “Aspens in the Morning”. Great use of negative space that really isn’t negative space.

    We were just in Arizona and got to spend a day with the Aspens in Flagstaff. A week later we were experiencing the fall birches in New England. The similarities and the differences are pretty interesting.

    • Thanks for your interesting insights! I’ve always loved New England and the birches… the aspens here are just bigger, sturdier and more plentiful. I think the birch leaves are always hues of gold and yellow. I don’t recall seeing any that were orange or reddish orange like here.

  14. These colorful western scenes of aspen savannas in pristine landscapes are so different from, and generally superior to, the aspen clones of the Northeast. Hard to pick a favorite but Nos. 8 and 9 are at the top of my list. Great series of photos!

    • ‘Savanna’ is a good word to use for this particular family of trees, situated out in a grassy field. Usually they are mixed in with Colorado Spruce and on mountainsides. It’s nice to hear your likes! Thanks very much for your look and comment.

  15. 31 Virginia Rice

    All stunning photos. The colors of fall from the west is enjoyable to see and I would like to experience the same. PS I’ve moved to LBI

  16. I’ve been there this time of year, and you definitely captured the magic of the season! Just beautiful!

  17. Happy aspens to you. I’d have been thrilled to wander there with a camera too.

  18. 37 Linda


  19. Welcome to Colorado. Thank you for recently visiting my blog site. Love your photos here of the Aspens. Yes, they are beautiful every autumn in Colorado and are always a very popular photography subject. I’m originally from Colorado Springs, so growing up in the state it has always been a favorite time of year for me when the Aspens peak and autumn colors are rich and vibrant in other trees as well up and down the front range. The mountains just kind of explode with color during this time and the opportunities also for photographing the wild game like when the elk are bugling near Estes Park.

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