Who wouldn’t love to head out on a photo expedition and know that you’re going to come back with awesome shots? I’ve had my share of those; I even published a list — “The Top 8 Places in the World Where You Cannot Take a Bad Shot.” But there are also the opposite experiences, and this image is about one of those.
I have struggled forever, it seems, to capture the essence of Aspen trees in a photograph. With their narrow white trunks and peculiar dancing leaves, Aspens are one of the icons of the mountains, and every mountain person lives in tune to the seasonal cycle of the Aspens. So, why are my image archives littered with years of what I consider failed Aspen photos? I don’t know — it’s just one of those bumps in the highway. But in autumn of 2015 a cold storm blew in and I found myself in tune with the forest and the storm and the colors for about a day and a half. “On a roll” is an apt description. This is my favorite Aspen image from that time. (Price Schedule A)