Aspen Grove in Autumn Light

November 06, 2015


Photographer: Ray Boren
Summary Author: Ray Boren
One can never predict how colorful autumn leaves and landscapes will be in a particular year-- but it certainly pays to get out to see what’s happening. Such was the case in this wonderfully illuminated aspen and fern grove near the ski resort town of Alta in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Autumn leaves have been somewhat muted this year in the forests and canyons of the Wasatch Mountains, a western range associated with the Rocky Mountains. Temperatures (an early dash of light snow on the peaks, followed by record highs with cool nights), precipitation (a moderate drought, intermittently broken by the summer’s monsoonal rainfall) and the southward-trending seasonal Sun (and amount of sunlight) all have played a role in how autumn has played out.

Yet there's almost always splendor to be found. In this photograph, taken on September 29, 2015, sunlight has broken through a partly cloudy sky, creating an ethereal stained-glass backlight effect among translucent fall-yellow aspen leaves and the golden ferns below.

Photo Details: Camera Model: NIKON D3200; Lens: Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II (AF 12-24mm f/4); Focal Length: 20mm (35mm equivalent: 30mm); Aperture: ƒ/10.0; Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200); ISO equiv: 400.