Fall Wanderings: The Year of the Aspen – A photographic journey through the season

By Tom Baldwin

In the chronicle of my fall wanderings this would have to be the year of the Aspen.  I still took many pictures of colorful grottos and leaves changing with the coming of fall.  However, for some reason I have been led to spend most of my time photographing Aspens this year. 

Aspens are probably the oldest living organisms on our planet.  One in Bryce Canyon National Park (Just a few hours drive from where I live) is believed to be about 80,000 years old.  The Aspen trees themselves only live to be about a hundred years.  However the individual trees are just a part of a huge underground organism made up mainly of roots that spreads out from one to twenty acres in size.  When a meandering root finds a sunny spot, it sends up a sprout which grows into a new tree.

While they can reproduce sexually as a plant, the Aspen rarely does.  Only after a forest fire destroys all the trees does it do so.  Its main way of growing is sending out roots that in turn send up sprouts that develop into trees.

An Aspen grove is wonderful place of white trees trunks reaching for the sky.  Then there is the soft rustle of the wind in their leaves.   Add to that deer feeding on the grasses that grow there or on the Aspen leaves themselves.  Then there is the sunlight that finds it way through the leaves to dapple the ground.  It all combines to make the grove a place of unusually peaceful beauty.  I hope you enjoy the pictures I’ve taken of the Aspens.

And so it begins….

Tom Baldwin is a former Moorpark resident where he served his community on the school board.  He moved with his family to Cedar City Utah and is an accomplished writer.

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William Hicks
William Hicks
3 years ago

It may be too late for this year, but our own Eastern Sierra’s are a prime place for viewing Aspen’s in their Fall Glory of spectacular shades of yellow and orange.

Bishop is a great base camp for a Fall viewing. My choice is at Creekside Hotel. From there, you can take leisurely drives to Rock Creek Lake, Convict Lake or as far as the Virginia Lakes for great viewing.

Don’t forget your Camera. I can’t be one of the few who just can’t take enough pictures.