Foggy Cottonwoods and West Coast Autumn, Boulder Canyon, Colorado

East Coast Autumn is the best. I won't apologize, it's true. It's my favorite subject to photograph and my favorite time of year. Cloudy, drizzly days and a tapestry of fiery tones blanketing every tree. My new home in Colorado is beautiful in its own way, too, with golden aspens and bluebird skies. But it's not East Coast Autumn.

I miss East Coast Autumn. And just as my yearning grew to new heights, nature gifted me with 5 consecutive overcast days during the waning days of the season. I was in my element, and all was right in the world. I traveled winding canyon roads in search of golden cottonwood and aspen, set among shadowed evergreens in the damp air. The search was a success.

In this image, I worked with the fog to separate the three distinct types of trees. An explosion of color, a boney structure, and a base of greenish-blue. I loved the way their shapes, colors, and textures mingled. Each balancing each other within the composition. All different, yet all the same.The fog provided the breathing room to showcase each, and the flat light allowed the texture to be studied intimately.

I'll always have a nostalgia for East Coast Autumn, but I think I could get used to this.

 “Blaze in the Canyon” - A lone yellow cottonwood glows among evergreen trees during a foggy autumn day in Boulder Canyon, Colorado.

“Blaze in the Canyon” - A lone yellow cottonwood glows among evergreen trees during a foggy autumn day in Boulder Canyon, Colorado.

About the Image: Using my 70-200 lens I zoomed into the different types of trees while trying to arrange them within a pleasing composition. I made sure to leave ample breathing room around the trees on the edge of my frame and placed the bright yellow tree centrally to anchor the composition. I set the aperture to f/16 to ensure ample depth of field, and pressed the shutter.

Techs: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 70-200 f/4 @ 78mm. 1/2 second, f/16, ISO 200.