Aspen Sunset

Without realizing it, this tree has become one of my most frequent subjects. Located just off the portal of my friends’ beautiful house on the west side of town, this aspen says “hello” each time I dog-sit and drop by for Sunday dinners.

What’s interesting to me is I didn’t recognize my new friend until I stopped to consider the meaning this photograph has for me. Every image I post here is special to me.

Admittedly, a part of me lacked faith when this tree was planted because aspen need consistently low temperatures during the winter to kill off Cytospora, a common fungus that causes deadly oozing cankers. But despite my warnings that aspen are best suited for higher altitudes, my friend’s love of this cultivar is so great she took the risk and planted it anyway.

Is this a case of blatant disregard for risks and reality, or a deep love for beauty and faith that things will be okay?

I think you already know what I’m going to say… 🌲❣️

Photo Credits: Aspen Sunset 1 by Susan J. Preston, Santa Fe, NM © 2018, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji X-T2 | 60mm (XF 60mm F2.4 Macro) |1/1600 sec at f5.6| ISO 320
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