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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Aspens tall and straight are one of the most stately shrouds covering the Rockies.

On a trip to Vail a couple of years ago, the white barked Aspens were in the transition from Summer to Autumn. Enough leaves had dropped to expose their beautiful white bark that spotted the mountainsides with splashes of white, black, gold and green like a watercolor painting.

I shot the image looking across a valley into the deeps woods but it could have been taken any number of different places all along the mountain during that time of year.

Dan

20 comments:

Karrie said...

What a lovely, calming photo Dan! I hope to one day make it out that way...by pictures that I have seen, it looks like I would never return home.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!!! I hope your Holidays are wonderful and wish you the best in the upcoming year <3!!

dianne said...

I love trees Dan and these aspens are exceptionally beautiful, what a lovely photo, the colours of the leaves and the spotted bark are so pretty. ♡

De Lly Dilettante said...

Wow, I like trees a lot. They are so tall and straight!

DawnTreader said...

I thought these were birch trees when I first saw the photo! (we have a lot of those, birches I mean)

septembermom said...

All I can say is dazzling to the eye. Love it.

jblack designs said...

That is a stunning photo, Dan!

shabby girl said...

It puts me right there. Sitting, staring, drinking it in.

Dan Felstead said...

Karrie...the same wishes for you and your family. I hope next year is a everything you want it to be.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dianne...Aspens and birch are beautiful trees...quite common in the mountains but I never tire of seeing them with their white bark.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

LLY...that is what is so beautiful besides their white bark is their stature.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...I think they are both very similar trees ( http://basineducation.uwex.edu/woodland/stands/aspen.htm )

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...they always have a calming effect on me...a natural sedative!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...that is exactly what I did when I took the picture!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Jennifer...thank you and have a Very Merry Christmas...Texas style!

Dan

Cynthia L. H. said...

Growing up in the mountains has given me a life-long love for aspens. There is nothing like their whisper as they shimmer in the canyon breeze. It's like a song.
;^) I can stop and imagine it now and be instantly transported.

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...What a great description. That is so true...when the wind blows the leaves...it DOES sound like a whisper from nature. Thanks for the visual and audible description.

Dan

Sunny said...

Your lovely picture reminds me of a painting I almost purchased several years ago. Aspens are such beautiful trees, they look similar to the White Birches we have around here but I think Aspens are taller.
Enjoy your weekend.
Sunny :)

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Sunny...yes I think Aspens are a larger tree...other than that ...they look the same.

Dan

Rebecca said...

Beautiful

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Rebecca and I hope you are having a great weekend.

Dan