Have you figured out that this week is about Aspens? I’ll probably break up the week tomorrow with some wildlife, but today is Tree Tuesday and I have aspens to share with you today. I’ve tried this shot before, but never found the concentration of aspen I found in these groves of aspen. I took this off-road trail up to Crystal Mill and along the way there was an amazing amount of aspens in their fall glory. Aspens usually will grow in colonies that come from a single seed and they spread by their roots (root suckers) and so new stems will appear every 30-40 meters from the parent tree. Each tree can live anywhere from 40-150 yrs above ground but the root system lives even longer (thousands of years). Aspen colonies can become very large and they spread about a meter every year and can cover many acres of land. Aspens actually benefit from fires as trees burn and roots can sprout up new again.
Since it’s Tuesday, I have two tight groves of aspen I thought I would share. These are very similar perspectives, but different results. I like them both for different reasons. Later this week I’ll show you a grove that grew farther apart and has a different look to it. Happy Tree and Twofer Tuesday, everyone!
Capture Notes for Standing Tall:
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens
- ISO: 400
- Focal Length: 16 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.
- Post Processing: Aperture – Apple®– sharpening, sized for the web, PhotoTune 3.
Capture Notes for Surrounded: