Snow clings to the branches of the same aspen tree featured in other seasonal images. Meyer Ranch, Aspen Park, Colorado.
Drifts of aspen leaves float along the banks of a high Rocky Mountain Lake in the fall. The reflection of the deep blue Colorado sky provides the perfect contrast for the golden leaves. This image was recognized as a semi-finalist in the Denver Audubon Society's 2015 "Share the View" international photo competition. It was also published as the cover of the 2017 Denver Metro Area Christian Resource Guide.
While I love grand scenes with mountains and snow, they would be nothing without millions--no, trillions--of these brilliant stars of the show. Perhaps that is why I so enjoy stepping into the forest and slowing down to see the small details just as much as I enjoy standing at an overlook. There is grandeur even in the tiniest of details.
Sneffels has been the star lately, but she truly is deserving of the attention! This scene was a beautiful sunrise with fresh snow on the peak and the aspens glowing in the foreground. So here is another view!
After the first snow of the season fell on the jagged ridge leading up to Mt. Sneffles, the fog stuck around all day. Teasing the eyes searching for the massive peaks concealed beneath, it danced around the slopes all day before finally settling in a thick blanket for the evening. Here is one glimpse that the fog allowed of Mt. Sneffels with the gorgeous colors of fall in the foreground.