Call of the trees

Call of the trees

After three days, the Nordic Ski championships are over.  The day started two hours earlier than previous days, so it allowed me the opportunity to explore an aspen and birch grove that had grabbed my attention the previous two days.  It was cloudy and snowing again, which, for photographing an aspen grove, can have its advantages.  I parked on a side rode and slowly post-holed my way into the woods.  The practical aspects of my trip, flying rather than driving, compelled me to travel lightly and leave my snowshoes behind.  They would have come in handy on this particular venture, but I was not planning on going very far, anyway.  I was probably working my way onto private property and did not relish the thought of some cranky Fairbanks resident confronting me with a shotgun.  I worked the woods for about a half hour, trying to capture the repeating patterns of the trees while recognizing some of the diversity as well, including the occasional spruce here and there in the shots.  There is a reason that aspen and birch groves are often photo subjects for nature photographers.  They are compelling in the way they constantly repeat patterns and provide great textures and, in the days of autumn, a wonderfully rich source of color.

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