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This was taken right off of the road on the back side of the Squaw Peak Trail east of Slide Canyon in Provo, Utah. It's taken at ~8300' above sea level looking north not far from Cold Spring (and yes...it's still cold this time of year). The mountain in the distance is Cascade Peak...what seems to be a common theme this time of year.

The oak and maple leaves have changed colors (largely red in nature) but the Aspens have yet to turn the shade of gold that we all revere (the bright green in the foreground). I was suprised by this as they usually have turned by now.

I tried my best to capture "Dana Rees" aspens...for the uninitiated and generally curious, "Dana Rees' aspens are what you get when you go shooting with Dana Rees (DanaRees) and look at his pictures afterwards with the feeling of "dang that's a very nice picture...I wish I was that good." I used aperture priority, f/22 for max depth of field. The sun was setting and the light was fading fast so I let Nikon calculate the exposure...with the idea that I'd boost the calculated exposure by 2 ev to get the foreground exposed correctly (the lads at Nikon are good...but not that good). I think that it turned out OK...but I would have liked to have seen what Dana would have done with the scene.

On a side note: The road at this juncture was a muddy, sticky mess from the melting runoff from the recent snow (you can still see some off to the left in the foreground). I slipped and almost dumped my camera/tripod setting up the shot.

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