For several years I was unable to take my annual fall trip out into the Colorado backcountry to photograph the changing aspens. This was due to a mixture of work, school and family illness – which all combined to keep me down in the city while the aspen groves displayed their autumn splendor.
I missed these trips immensely, since they help keep me grounded and sane!
However this fall I was able to take a week off and again go explore the back roads, camp out in whispering groves of aspen, and generally let the stress and strain of civilization drain from my poor old muscles and mind.
Of course much of the time was spent in typical camping fashion: stuck in the truck while sitting out rainstorms, scraping heavy mud off boots, eating hot soup right from the pot to avoid having to wash dishes, and rationing toilet paper so that I did not run out while still in the middle of nowhere…
But despite the trials and travails – and probably because of them – in those moments when the sun came out, the aspen leaves glowed from within, and the sky turned into the deepest blue – those moments are burned into my memory forever.
So don’t let the chaos of daily life get in the way of reconnecting with the earth now and then. She’ll help remind you of what is truly important – and give you a perspective that remains with you long after you have to return to civilization.