For The Love Of Aspens

Unlike some autumn landscapes I’ll be posting in the future, this collection is all about aspens! Oh, upcoming posts will include aspens too, along with mountains of course. Fall is very fleeting here and I have been getting out as much as possible to capture it, before some friends visit, and before its over. I’ve been a little absent from blogging for that reason. I fell early in the season and damaged my favorite lens, a 24-105mm. I’ve missed it but it probably has been good, since it has me getting even better acquainted with other lenses. Most of my shooting has been with my 70-200mm f/2.8 which is an excellent lens. For other shots I’ve used a wide 16-35mm, 50mm prime and sometimes the big 150-600mm for far away captures. No matter what lens I’m using it is always fun to photograph aspen tees. I love them and many people tell me they do too! I hope you enjoy this selection … thanks for visiting.

A few orange aspen leaves add an accent to the yellow!
‘A Touch Of Orange’ © Denise Bush
An attractive arrangement of aspen trunks allow a glimpse of autumn ... in-between.
‘Autumn In-between’ © Denise Bush
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Younger aspens often have foliage lower on their trunks. Here, in a uniform row, they make a unique design.
‘Low Riders’ © Denise Bush
Ferns beneath tall aspens create a pretty early autumn scene.
‘Fern Forest Floor’ © Denise Bush
Leaning, bright white trunks and colorful foliage are the theme of this aspen image.
‘Tricolor Leaners’ © Denise Bush
A young aspen tree says 'look at me' in all its autumn glory!
‘Backlit Baby’ © Denise Bush
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My passion for photography has rewarded me with the opportunity to examine the world carefully. My approach is intuitive and I choose to impose no constraints – leaving myself open only to possibilities. As a professional designer I am drawn to images that offer a strong composition, pattern and rhythm. Creating images with a unique perspective while sometimes pushing the limits of traditional composition 'rules' excites me. Landscapes, nature subjects and things from the past are common themes in my work.

59 thoughts on “For The Love Of Aspens”

  1. Beautiful images, Denise. Love the yellow leaves and the white bark. Too bad about your lens. I hope Santa will be good to you.

    1. Hi Ken! Yes, I injured my knee too but it is healing nicely. I ended up laying on the side of the Million Dollar Hwy! Camera OK, me and the lens, not so good. Thanks for asking and visiting. 🙂

  2. Autumn in Between #1 For some reason I feel that each of these Aspens have a personality of their own. Looks like Backlit Baby has a few infants scattered about. Hope you didn’t get injured in your fall.

    1. Thanks Beth! I did hurt my knee and bled all the way home but it is almost all better! Yes, those are infants. There’s a lot of young ones popping up all over. It’s good to see because some aspen colonies have a disease. XO

  3. Gorgeous set, Denise. The white aspen trunks are perfect against the autumn leaves. “Autumn In Between” and “Fern Forest Floor” caught my eye in particular for your compositions. Low Riders looks like someone came along with hedge trimmers! Still waiting for autumn in SoCal. 🙂

    1. Hi Jane … thanks very much! It was fun shooting in the forest with the ferns. It took some time to find a spot that was fairly clean, without distractions. There’s always a lot of deadfall in the aspen groves.

  4. Denise, I’m so sorry to hear of your injury and damaged lens; but glad to hear that you are recovering.

    I especially like “Autumn In-Between” and “Fern Forest Floor”.

    I will not get out to see the fall Aspens this year. I tried to plan a trip to Ouray in September, but that did not work out. I hope to see fall color in Kentucky and Indiana later this month.

    Be careful out there,


    1. Hi Ken … thanks very much! ‘Autumn In-between’ seems to be the winner. It is very busy here and the mountains are crawling with photographers! We’ve been found out. Whenever I am photographing along the road and people see the tripod and serious camera they screech to a halt and take one too before speeding off again.

  5. No question about it: you’ve given aspens their due.

    Many people probably don’t realize the precarious positions we nature photographers sometimes put ourselves in for the sake of our pictures. I’m on my second 24–105mm lens; the first one gave out after years of use. (Likewise for the 100mm macro lens.)

  6. I’m really sorry to hear about your fall but it sounds like you didn’t let it stop you for too long. I get the silver lining bit with the lenses, still, I know I’d be unhappy if I damaged my favorite lens. Your love for aspens shines here – I like them all, very much. Those repeating shapes, the clean lines, and colors, the simplicity – just wonderful.
    The backlit tree puts me right there – I can feel the fresh air. The second and third have an appealing abstract quality (“Low Riders!” – that’s great!!) and I love the way the 4th draws me into the forest.

    1. Hi Lynn. I’m telling myself that old lens was due for replacement with the newer version anyway. Sorry I haven’t had time to keep up. Keeping up with sales and visitors on top of getting as much shooting in as possible during my favorite but fleeting season has me behind. I will catch up soon … I promise. Nice to hear from you … thank you!

  7. Sorry to hear about you falling, Denise. Bad news about the lens but I hope that was the only casualty and you sustained no injury yourself. I was without my 180 macro for several weeks a few years ago when it and my tripod fell over because I had not leveled the legs before leaving it standing. I can’t remember if we discussed Canon Professional Services, but I sent it to them for repair and they loaned me one until it was returned.
    I wish we had the wonderful stands of Aspen here that Colorado does. We do have them but sparsely compared to you. These are all wonderful examples of their beauty and your ability to capture it.
    “Low Riders” is both beautiful and in good humor. 🙂

    1. Hi Steve! I had my 70-200 repaired by Canon when my tripod tipped a few years ago. I was happy with the procedure and service. The 24-105 that broke was pretty old and I have my heart set on the newer version. I think the problem was just a screw that backed out of the mount. I screwed it back in but didn’t want to chance using it. I will send it in for sale and they will go over it to make any repairs needed. My knee is fine … just a little scarred. We got snow yesterday which put an end to most of the aspen foliage. I didn’t realize there were aspens in New England. When I’ve seen similar looking trees like these in NH I thought they were unrelated birches: I’m sorry I haven’t had the time to keep up with my friend’s blogs. I had friends visit in the middle of the peak foliage so I was all about shooting before they arrived.

      1. Those look like Gray Birches? We have several in our yard. They don’t get very big and bend easily.
        HA! I sometimes think about dropping something so I can get an upgrade. Not seriously although I did buy “idiot” insurance many years ago that covers anything that might happen including forgetting my bag in the woods. 🙂
        The aspens here are few and far between. Snow is still far in our future but a frost could happen next week. Killing or not remains to be seen. Glad that you knee is okay.

      2. BTW, when you commented about my new avatar looking like yours I was just thinking of the one you have for Facebook and didn’t make the connection until just now looking at them in our series of replies. I can be a bit slow. 😀

  8. I love the ones with orange, the back lit Baby, and the trunks.

    I am so sorry you fell and broke your lens. That hurts! I have been there.

    I loved being in CO for some of the fall color. One day I shops to get to your neck of the woods for fall color.

    1. Hi Deborah! We’ve had beautiful foliage to photograph this fall. Snow the last few days has put an end to most of it. I sure wish it lasted a lot longer but now I can settle in and work on all my photos!

    1. Oh yes … there are large stands of them. A group can be one family and they are the largest organism with the largest recognized group being in AZ. Like bamboo, they send up shoots. We also have a lot of spruce trees, Colorado Blue Spruce and Egleman Spruce, Fir, Cottonwood and Gambel Oaks. Thanks for visiting!

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