My love for aspen trees started as a little girl… traipsing through my family’s land in Montana. We were building our home there and I spent many afternoons exploring what I thought was the edge of the world. Turns out, even though we had a dozen acres, I was almost always within eyesight and always well within shouting distance. That didn’t matter to this five-year-old with a vivid imagination. I would pick Indian Paintbrush, walk in the meadow with the horses, discover ‘old ruins’, and relish the galvanized cup of spring water from our well. My favorite activity was finding any place to rest in the sun and listen to the breeze rustle the aspen leaves. When my dad’s job brought us to Colorado, we had to say goodbye to our land. The only two thing we brought with us to remember our time there was a wooden swing we had overlooking the meadow and an aspen sapling.
Seeing the aspen change to fire every Autumn always reminds me of our land and my memory is filled with warm sun, mountain air, and fluttering aspen.
Autumn is one my top four favorite seasons of the year (smile). September and October bring a welcome change to the scorched landscape of Colorado. Cooler temperatures at night, sleeping with the window open, snuggling a bit closer to Gina is a wonderful relief from the Summer heat. The changing leaves and the smell of Colorado makes me excited for the holidays, for time with family… and for adventures on the slopes.
Autumn is one of our most popular times for weddings and engagement shoots. Ashlee and Tim, traveled from Seattle to Vail to visit family and spend an afternoon in the beautiful Autumn color having a few pictures snapped as we wandered around the valleys of East Vail.