color blocks

September 22, 2018  •  5 Comments

The northern hemisphere's autumnal equinox fell on Saturday, 22 September, which means it was high time for a pilgrimage to one of the areas we love on U. S. Highway 64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla.  As is typical in the Rocky Mountains, color in the aspen trees which give the mountains their veins of gold, comes at different times and with varying intensity.  There are places at which Fred and I typically stop because of particularly gnarly aspen or interesting groves of trees.  Many of those weren't "ready" for their close-up yet, but we did discover a great place in the forest into which we had not ventured before. It shared colors both brilliant and muted, in blocks of yellow, shades of red, orange, and greens that are in the transition phase, such as those shown in the more muted shot below.

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Sometimes the way in which light falls on the yellow gold of the leaves is so brilliant that it nearly burns the retinas!

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To me, aspen trunks are almost as interesting as the leaves.  Smooth or gnarled with wild branches, they come in the most delicious shades, ranging from almost pure blue white, to cream, green tinged and yellow.

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This photographer's day in the aspen would not be the same if I did not lay flat on my back and shoot upward toward the sky to gather the trees in all their glory.

aspen from the ground upaspen from the ground up

I hope those of you in the vicinity of autumn colors are able to view and photograph them this season.

until next Monday,


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Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Very nice pics.
In New Mexico this was my favorite time of year.
We just loved going up to the Santa Fe Ski Basin to take fall pics of the yellow and red Aspens.
And, of course, the tree trunks are great pattern and light pics.
elida hanson-finelli(non-registered)
Beautiful shots Daryl! They do come into their color in such a variant way it is a constant surprise. Thank you for sharing your gift of of joyous beauty and reminding me of all there is out there to enjoy in our beautiful part of this country. Congrats to Fred with all those fine homes for his weavings.
Lawrence T. Jones(non-registered)
Daryl, this is so good for the soul.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Boy, these are special, Daryl. I look forward to you forays on US 64 each year and it reminds me that I need a fall foliage safari myself. Like you I'm drawn as much to the trunks as the trees, maybe more so. So, image three really appeals. The soft shadows shadows on the aspen trunks lend volume to them. And it's beautifully framed. Glorious.
Fred Barraza(non-registered)
These are beautiful images. Thank you for bringing wonderful photos to us every week.
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