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Young Aspen Grove

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 15 October 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I was delighted to find this grove of very young aspens. All aspen trees grow in clonal colonies which are derived from a single seedling. The colonies of apsens spread by means of root suckers. This is obviously just such a colony. These trees are nearly bare, while many of the colonies of apsens near them still wore their leaves - some in brilliant fall colors and some still green. Because all the aspens in one colony are clones of one another, they will color and drop leaves at the same time. If you have ever wondered why you can look at a hillside of aspens and notice bands of color, well, this is the explanation. You are seeing several colonies, each marching to their own beat as the season changes.

I often look for the details when I am out in the forest, ignoring the colorful canopy that is above me. I find as much interest in the textures and patterns on these tree trunks and the fallen leaves at their feet as I do in the brilliant display above.

NIKON D90 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 500 51 mm (35mm equiv.)

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marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

fascinating -I never knew this about aspens! I love the white trunks - very beautiful.

15 Oct 2010 6:35am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A forest of ghosts! Splendid shot. Beautiful day.

15 Oct 2010 6:39am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is a wonderful find, Barbara. I like how you framed this group. Thanks for the info. I will look for young trees next time I am in the west.

15 Oct 2010 9:50am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

fantastic shot !!!! great braming and atmosphère

15 Oct 2010 12:34pm

David from Detroit, United States

A nice pattern. I like the stone at the lower right. It balances the texture of the lines in the trees.

16 Oct 2010 3:11am

1/4 second
ISO 500
51 mm (35mm equiv.)