A pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed Helmick

I have al­ways en­joyed aspen trees and the beauty they add to our moun­tain state. The Quak­ing Aspen (Pop­u­lus tremu­loides) are amaz­ing. They stand tall with white trunks reach­ing for the sky. They are grow­ing as a colony, young and old trees, from a com­mon root sys­tem like a fam­ily. In the spring and sum­mer, their shim­mer­ing leaves are what gives them the term “Quak­ing Aspen.” The fall colors of aspen trees are spec­tac­u­lar. Aspen trees are found in all 29 coun­ties in Utah. On May 13, 2014, the Quak­ing Aspen of­fi­cially be­came the Utah State Tree (from 1933 un­til 2014, the Colorado blue spruce was the state tree).

One of my fa­vorite pho­to­graphs of as­pens is this month’s “Win­ter As­pens.” This photo was taken on the Nebo Loop road af­ter a light snow­fall and a heavy frost. A beam of light broke through the clouds and il­lu­mi­nated the fore­ground grove and left the back­ground ridge in sil­hou­ette. The con­trast makes for a de­light­ful photo and a feel­ing of be­ing blessed to a splen­did sight for a won­der­ful mo­ment in time.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy of Ed Helmick, con­tact him at ed.helmick@gmail.com.

Photo by Ed Helmick

A group of aspen trees are bur­nished with a ray of sun­light on the Nebo Loop.

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