Autumn Reflections

by Rachel The Introvert January. 22, 2019 593 views
Road outside of Aspen, CO

Road outside of Aspen, CO

This had to have been one of the most amazing trips of my life! The last time we were able to drive up to Aspen before the winter hit. After driving through this incredible tunnel of rich golds and ambers the snow hit. It was such a mysterious mood - the rain which had made all the colors gleam in vibrant glory suddenly turned in a slush and then a blizzard of flurries. Driving on the aspens suddenly went white within 20 minutes with just the slightest tips of orange reach out of that cold blanket. It was actually quiet sorrowful. I felt as if I were watching them suffocate. It's quite different to watch the snow take over the bare aspens after the wind has blown all those leaves away... The limbs are quiet and resigned when the snow falls. But the aspens chattered and shivered, reaching out as if for help as the snow fell thicker and thicker. Rounding the bend and seeing the mountains ahead covered in snow was ominous as it was beautiful.

Taken through the windshield (passenger seat)

Taken through the windshield (passenger seat)

Just before the rain had hit we had stopped at this beautiful place. Here you can see both bare tree tops and glorious full ones. I mentioned them being aspens in my original post on Flickr and got an angry letter from someone chiding me for not calling them white birch? I looked up the white birch and the aspen and honestly still am not sure. They are very similar! If I'm not titling them right please refrain from any angry letters or comments haha! I definitely am not a tree expert. Just a photographer in love with them.

You can see the sea of gold - do you see why I was so sad to see the snow obliterate them?!

I am already excited for this coming fall. This will be my third year going back to this place - I absolutely love it. If I were a rich millionaire I'd move to Aspen in a heart beat ha!

Thanks for "reflecting" on Autumn with me. I love Photoblog for the ability to put my images in sets. It allows for storytelling and to see the photos all together is so rewarding. Hope everyone is warm where you are at? I am currently bunkered down in the midst of another snow storm for Colorado. I don't mind though - we need all the moisture we can get. No more fires this summer hopefully!

Thank you listening to my ramblings xx


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Jane Arrietty 2 years, 2 months ago

#2 is my favourite, love those colours.
Beautiful pictures!

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G B 2 years, 2 months ago

wonderful set! amazing colors!

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Radha Mistry 2 years, 2 months ago

Great post with lovely photos. X

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Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful sereis of images

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Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 2 months ago

#3wow  what great shots

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Steveandjustyna 2 years, 2 months ago

Hello Rachel, I really enjoyed seeing the world through your lens as well as through your imaginative "storytelling". For a moment I felt as I was on that road driving through a gorgeous aspen forest.

By the way, I think you have an incredible gift and talent, both to photography as well as to describing the world. Please, continue doing what you're doing. 

Best wishes and greetings from southern Turkey, Justyna (bunkered down in a little resort town called Kas)

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 2 months ago

#1is a masterpiece my friend. I can't stop looking at it

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Björn Roose 2 years, 2 months ago

I'll just keep on repeating myself: great series smile As for the aspen / birch discussion : if the photos would have been shot in my region, I would certainly say "birch" (they are native to the Benelux). For Aspen, I would - of course - guess aspen. On sight I can't really tell. If you come close enough to the trees, for birches you'll see there bark peels back on lots of places, which is for aspens apparently not the case smile

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