The Colorado blue spruce is the state tree, but it is the quaking aspen that is the best known and most easily recognized tree in Colorado, USA. The “gold rush” occurs every fall as millions of people are lured to the high country to view the beautiful colors of changing aspen.

This member of the poplar family, which grows at elevations ranging from about 6,000 feet to almost 11,500 feet, can be found in all of Colorado’s national forests — but nowhere in Colorado can one see as many acres of aspen as on the drive over Kebler Pass.

Quaking aspen, populus tremuloides, gets its scientific name from a characteristic of the leaf. The heart-shaped leaves have a fine-toothed margin, and the petiole — the stem that attaches the leaf to the tree — is flattened. The flat petiole causes the leaf to quake or tremble in the slightest breeze. Many legends revolve around the belief that the tree trembles in the presence of man.

The color change in the high country starts in the middle of September and lasts into October, depending on temperatures and weather conditions. On a clear, cool September day, the combination of blue-gray and pure white of snow-capped peaks, yellow to red-colored aspen, and rich blue skies can easily cause a sensory overload.

Taken with Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Wojciech Dabrowski is a landscape and portrait photographer known for unique conceptual images and ideas. His work covers many aspects of photography, from creating lasting memories in the form of family portraits and weddings through baby or glamour shoots to beautiful landscapes.

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  • Paul Kavsak
    Paul Kavsakalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 3 years ago

    Wow, great angle, Beautiful xx

  • Dora Artemiadi
    Dora Artemiadialmost 3 years ago

    Great Shot!!!!

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • greenstone
    greenstonealmost 3 years ago

    fantastic pov! it almost has a trippy feel to it,at least surreal! georgie

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning pov shot, Wojciech. Beautiful light and colours.

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful colours and perspective ~ great shot!

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful perspective . . . beautiful!!

  • mltrue
    mltruealmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • photofun29
    photofun29almost 3 years ago

    wow so unique and such a beautiful pc of art! Great shot W..big hugs, Mimi x

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