Aspen Window

Aspens are regaled for their shimmering leaves in breezes of summer, vibrant golds and oranges in fall, and branch-less trunks (ideal to ski through) making them as much a symbol of Colorado as the Rockies themselves. As I  hike through the mountains in the fall, I’m often struck when looking into a grove of aspens: From the interesting designs on the tree trunks, to the depths of the uniformity of the trunks.

From Wikipedia: (Aspens) typically grow in large clonal colonies derived from a single seedling, and spreading by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 metres from the previous trees. Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground, spreading about a metre per year, sometimes eventually covering many hectares. They are able to survive forest fires because the roots are below the heat of the fire, and new sprouts can grow from the roots. One such colony of American aspen (P. tremuloides) in Utah, given the nickname of “Pando”, is estimated to be 80,000 years old, making it possibly the oldest living colony of aspens.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Twisted Bristlecone

Up in the high mountain passes of the continential divide stand some of the oldest living creatures on earth…bristlecone pines.  These trees can live thousands of years and endure some of the harshest climate changes possible. Their tortured bodies twisted by the weather, winds and fires of time make for very interesting subject matter.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Fountain In Bloom

This fountain sits in the Italian promenade of the Butchart Gardens.  What I love about this image is the contrast of the stark black fountain surrounded by a sea of colors as well as the crystal clear drops of water frozen in time.

The gardens were originally a pet project of Jennie Butchart; the wife of prominent cement mogul Robert Butchart. Started in 1909, different areas of the gardens have different themes such as Japanese tea garden, Italian garden, and rose garden. This garden is still owned and managed by descendants of the Butchart family.  Now a national treasure, the gardens are a major tourist attraction and source of pride for the island of Victoria 

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Towering Aspens

This photograph was taken in Aspen CO; the namesake for the tree synonymous with Colorado in early fall. Hiking during this time of year, your senses are over saturated with awe inspiring landscapes, trees, and skies.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Spilled Gold

Surrounded by legendary Colorado Aspens, this abandoned wheelbarrow caught my eye as an interesting subject in the morning sun.  The Aspen leaves collecting in the barrow give the appearance of a spilled load of gold; an interesting metaphor in a part of the country largely populated by the gold rush of the late 1800’s.

  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details. All photographs are limited to 500 reproductions.

 Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Gold Rush

Feeding Twin Lakes on the west side of Independence Pass is Lake Creek.  Driving up the dirt roads that parallel the creek takes you into towering aspen groves as the road winds upwards.  We parked to take in the beauty of the aspens and break for a picnic. I was intrigued by the sound of rushing water I could hear well below the road.  Bush whacking my way down to the sound, I found this sheltered creek of black rock surrounded by towering golden aspens.  A beautiful site to behold.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details. All photographs are limited to 500 reproductions.Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Cascading Falls

The lush landscape, moss covered boulders, and enveloping pines of this photograph exemplify the beauty that is the Cascade mountain range of southern Oregon.

With 272-foot Watson Falls looming in the background, this section of Watson creek exemplifies the Umpqua River valley which is listed as one of the most scenic places in America.  Watson Creek is a tributary of the North Umpqua River in Oregon.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Solitude

This tree is near my parents’ cabin in Fairplay, CO.  I have always been fascinated by this tree.  It stands with no others; steadfast and strong in an otherwise desolate, windswept plain.  This picture was taken at dawn.  I love how the tree appears to be stretching toward the light with the beautiful Rockies as a backdrop.  To me, it has defied all odds to be there and seems as if it will be there long after I’m gone.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor. 

Vigneto di Chianti

(Vinyard of Chianti)

The picturesque rolling hillsides of Tuscany are a sight to behold.  Perfect rows of grape vines, quaint farmhouses, tall cypress trees and olive groves are captured perfectly here in the late day Tuscan sun.

 The wine of the Chianti Region is a specific blend of grapes devised in the mid 19th century (70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia Bianca). In order to use the black rooster logo synonymous with Chianti Classico, vintners must follow precise standards.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details. All photographs are limited to 500 reproductions.

Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor. 

Willows And Lillies

This image was taken in the Japanese portion of the Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. I love the opposition of the willow branches reaching for the water while the flowers are reaching for the sky.  It was just one of those passing shots you take and don’t think much of. However, when I saw it large, I instantly fell in love with the soft lines and gentle tones.  The subject is (obviously) reminiscent of the famous Monet gardens and this image somehow has the same feeling to me as one of his paintings.

The Butchart Gardens are nestled in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia.  Originally started as a pet project of Jennie Butchart; the wife of prominent cement mogul Robert Pim Butchart. More of an oasis than a gardens, this property was an exhausted limestone quarry, that started its conversion in 1909 into the amazing gardens that it is today. Different areas of the gardens have different themes such as Japanese tea garden, Italian garden, and rose garden. This garden is owned and managed by descendants of the Butchart family.  Now a national treasure, the gardens are a major tourist attraction and source of pride for the island of Victoria.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details. All photographs are limited to 500 reproductions.

Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.