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
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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
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A colorful mat of fallen leaves covers the ground below a maple tree at the end of autumn.
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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.
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Maple trees begin to turn as autumn arrives.
Colors of Winter
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Willow and rabbitbrush add a splash of color to dormant cottonwoods trees.
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Last rays of light filtering through desert brush.
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An old spruce tree that fell victim to bark beetle infestation, caused by climate change.
The Graceful Dead
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Last of the maple foliage clinging on before the next big storm strips the tree bare.
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Fallen autumn leaves trapped under a layer of ice.
Leaves and Grass
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Fallen aspen leaves among wind-sculpted grasses.
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Young cottonwoods grow among a willow thicket along a desert river.
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Thick grove of alder trees covered in moss and lichen.
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A quiet winter moment with dormant cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk trees.
The Little Things
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Sunlight filtering through a patch of grama grass.
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Early morning light filters through rice grass.
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Early morning light filters through dew-covered grama grasses.
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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.
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Yet-to-turn aspen trees mixed with maples in vibrant autumn display.
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Oaks reclaiming their former glory several years after a wildfire.
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Sagebrush catching the last light of the day.
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Late fall among the willows and aspens.
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!"
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Winter sun illuminates a patch of desert trumpet plants.
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Small buds on cottonwood trees signal the arrival of spring.
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Scrub oaks dusted with early spring snow.
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Sand Verbena in bloom, growing around the remnants of a dead creosote bush.
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Desert plants in a flood basin along a small creek, in winter colors.
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Desert brush showing its true colors in winter time when plants are dormant and not producing chlorophyll.
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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.
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Close look at a rare bear poppy.
Ash and Lichen Tapestry
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Ash tree in autumn color against a sandstone wall textured with various lichens.
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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.
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Last of the autumn foliage still clings to young aspens as they prepare for the big sleep.
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Colorful grasses in an alpine meadow.
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The charred remains of oaks burned in a wildfire, remain standing as new growth sprouts at their bases.
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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
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Cottonwoods and willows reawakening in early spring.
It is easy, sometimes, to ignore the amazing variety of moods, colors, and intricate arrangements created by plants - trees and bushes and shrubs and grasses. They morph with the weather and the seasons and the hours of the day and always prove worthy companions in good and bad times.
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