Aspen kaleidoscope, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Aspen kaleidoscope, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Claudia and I made our annual pilgrimage to Colorado to see the aspens, with a short detour into some Utah canyons. We’ve actually been traveling for three weeks, and just got home. During our trip we got up before sunrise almost every morning, and stayed out until after sunset nearly every evening. I kept thinking that I should post some photos, but there always seemed to be some interesting weather, and photos to be made, and barely enough time to eat, sleep, and then get up at 5:30 and do it all over again.

Anyway, we had a great time. The autumn color was fantastic, and eventually we got some interesting weather to with it: rain, fog, and even a little snow. In fact we would have left Colorado earlier, but snow in the forecast enticed us to stay longer… and then a little longer still.

I’ll post some of those fog and snow photos later, and maybe a few images from Utah as well, but I’ll start with some intimate scenes of autumn color and patterns.

β€” Michael Frye

P.S. I’ve said this before, but color is never enough, by itself, to make a good photograph. You need to find a design to go with that color and hold everything together. That could mean finding a focal point, a pattern, or both. As you look through these images (or any photographs of colorful subjects) see if you can identify the design that gives structure to the color.

Autumn glow, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Autumn glow, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Aspen-covered hillside with mountain hemlocks, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Aspen-covered hillside with mountain hemlocks, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Cattails and aspen reflections, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Cattails and aspen reflections, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Red and yellow aspens, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Red and yellow aspens, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Aspens and Gambel oaks, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Late autumn hues, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Late autumn hues, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Aspen hillside, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA

Aspen hillside, Uncompahgre NF, CO, USA



Related Posts: Chasing the Weather and Color in Colorado; Colorado Autumn

Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.