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Enchanted Forest, Or Why There's No Point In Hiking With Me

354.365 16mm f6.3 1/125 ISO 200I have, apparently, become impossible to hike with. 

This weekend was one of peaks for fall color - which, in Colorado's high country means everything is yellow yellow yellow.  That's because aspens are basically the only deciduous trees in the mountains and they turn gold in autumn.

Aspen trees are as charming as they come, to my mind.  Standing armies of stark white trunks, quivering heart-shaped leaves, a delicate rustling sound.  Also, they share a root system, so while they may look like individual trees, they are really one big interconnected community.  This appeals to me on a metaphorical level.

I was preoccupied with finding the perfect aspen grove and capturing that fleeting, magical fall feeling.

But this weekend reaffirmed my suspicion that a photowalk is best undertaken solo.  It doesn't adhere to the logical forward progression of the trail.  It is winding and slow and moves in fits and starts, guided by generally imperceptible shifts in light and shadow and halted by tiny details.

355.365 24mm f2.8 1/320 ISO 200I noticed this weekend that it is probably only minimally enjoyable for, say, a squirmy 35-pound-toddler or the lucky patient strong parent who must carry him.

My hope is that fresh mountain air and quivering golden aspen leaves are their own reward.

Reader Comments (5)

what great shots Corinna! I hear you, not able to take many pictures on walks with my little ones!!! oh I gather it is the 14mm that you purchased, love it absolutely! keep up the great work.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertamar

Having played tourist in several cities this year, I have learned that being a tourist and a photographer are, for me, two very different things. Photography is definitely a solo endeavor, a kind of meditation for me. As patient and supportive as my husband is about my image-making, I find that I just don't shoot the same when I am with him. So I can just imagine adding a toddler to the mix.

In any event, you captured lovely autumn shots.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

"guided by generally imperceptible shifts in light and shadow and halted by tiny details". This is how I've been thinking I'd like to tune my radar.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

You'd be the perfect hiking buddy for me, Corinna! And congratulations on the new lens!

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCH

Awesome set Corinna--gorgeous color and light. I get the same grief from my family--turns out I'm a terrible hiker person.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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