I can’t resist. I’ve got to be up there among them. To lose myself among the gold coins of leaves — a world’s ransom of gold leaf.

My new home in town gives me a fine vantage point from which to observe the mountains and their mood. And so it was one day early last week when I looked up there and saw the first hint of yellow. 

The aspens were turning.

With a stress-inducing “To Do List” on my mind it was all I could do: Just look up there.

..One day.

..Two days.

..Three days.

And then I couldn’t take it anymore; I had to get up there.

That night I laid out our gear, my pup’s and mine. 
And at sunrise we were making the climb up toward the gold….

One day…

Two days…

Three days….

Four in a row….

santa fe aspens, i ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel (en plein air) ~ 5″ x 7″ ~ copyright dawn chandler 2014
santa fe aspens, ii ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel (en plein air) ~ 5″ x 7″ ~ copyright dawn chandler 2014
santa fe aspens, iii ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel (en plein air) ~ 5″ x 7″ ~ copyright dawn chandler 2014
santa fe aspens, iv ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel (en plein air) ~ 5″ x 7″ ~ copyright dawn chandler 2014