Summer is Over

Summer is Over

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These maple trees grow in a beautiful canyon. I spent hours walking among them looking for a composition that would express the feeling of yellow leaves hanging in the air like fireflies.

Frosted Corn Lilies

Frosted Corn Lilies

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I first found frost-covered lilies a couple of years before making this image, and loved the way the ice accentuated their graceful lines, but could not find a good composition. I return to the same patch a few more times until about two years later, I found what I was looking for.

Time to Rest

Time to Rest

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A colorful mat of fallen leaves covers the ground below a maple tree at the end of autumn.

Colorful Recovery

Colorful Recovery

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This area was burned in a wildfire a few years prior to making this photograph. Charred remains of scrub oaks still remain as new foliage sprouts at their bases. Life recovers.

Autumn Coat

Autumn Coat

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Maple trees begin to turn as autumn arrives.

Colors of Winter

Colors of Winter

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Willow and rabbitbrush add a splash of color to dormant cottonwoods trees.

Glimmer

Glimmer

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Last rays of light filtering through desert brush.

Ghost

Ghost

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An old spruce tree that fell victim to bark beetle infestation, caused by climate change.

The Graceful Dead

The Graceful Dead

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Last of the maple foliage clinging on before the next big storm strips the tree bare.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

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Fallen autumn leaves trapped under a layer of ice.

Leaves and Grass

Leaves and Grass

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Fallen aspen leaves among wind-sculpted grasses.

Emergence

Emergence

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Young cottonwoods grow among a willow thicket along a desert river.

Forest Camo

Forest Camo

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Thick grove of alder trees covered in moss and lichen.

Silent Flames

Silent Flames

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A quiet winter moment with dormant cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk trees.

The Little Things

The Little Things

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Sunlight filtering through a patch of grama grass.

Silent Fireworks

Silent Fireworks

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Early morning light filters through rice grass.

Morning Bliss

Morning Bliss

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Early morning light filters through dew-covered grama grasses.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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The skeleton of an old cedar that died in a wildfire, against a backdrop of young maples and oaks starting to fill the scorched earth.

Maplemorphosis

Maplemorphosis

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Yet-to-turn aspen trees mixed with maples in vibrant autumn display.

Autumn Shroud

Autumn Shroud

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Oaks reclaiming their former glory several years after a wildfire.

Illuminated Tips

Illuminated Tips

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Sagebrush catching the last light of the day.

Autumn Aura

Autumn Aura

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Late fall among the willows and aspens.

Let It Storm

Let It Storm

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Aspens and willows welcome an early snow shower. Soon, a thick white blanket will erase most color until the following spring.

Caption inspired by this passage by Hermann Hesse:

"Say yes to everything, shirk nothing, don't try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen, you are not a Greek, you are not harmonious, or the master of yourself, you are a bird in the storm. Let it storm!"

Inner Space

Inner Space

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Winter sun illuminates a patch of desert trumpet plants.

Early Signs

Early Signs

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Small buds on cottonwood trees signal the arrival of spring.

Lost Souls

Lost Souls

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Scrub oaks dusted with early spring snow.

Untangled Bloom

Untangled Bloom

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Sand Verbena in bloom, growing around the remnants of a dead creosote bush.

Creekside Tapestry

Creekside Tapestry

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Desert plants in a flood basin along a small creek, in winter colors.

Intricacy

Intricacy

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Desert brush showing its true colors in winter time when plants are dormant and not producing chlorophyll.

Remembrance

Remembrance

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A snowberry bush in bright autumn color at the feet of the fallen remains of an old pinyon pine that died in a wildfire.

Piliferous Poppy

Piliferous Poppy

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Close look at a rare bear poppy.

Ash and Lichen Tapestry

Ash and Lichen Tapestry

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Ash tree in autumn color against a sandstone wall textured with various lichens.

Rare Gift

Rare Gift

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This was a large shallow pool the day before. Overnight, temperatures hovered around freezing, and in the morning I found these beautiful fallen maple and oak leaves captured in a layer of paper-thin ice. The ice melted within a couple of hours as the sun lit the canyon bottom.

Winter Arrives

Winter Arrives

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Last of the autumn foliage still clings to young aspens as they prepare for the big sleep.

Rooster Tails

Rooster Tails

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Colorful grasses in an alpine meadow.

Oaks Rejuvenated

Oaks Rejuvenated

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The charred remains of oaks burned in a wildfire, remain standing as new growth sprouts at their bases.

Colorful Rest

Colorful Rest

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The skeleton of a ponderosa pine, surrounded by new growth of scrub oak several years after a wildfire.

Winter is Over

Winter is Over

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Cottonwoods and willows reawakening in early spring.