Before moving from Virginia to Wyoming’s Wind River country in 1997, and the move to Colorado in 2008, I spent almost forty years documenting the vanishing people and landscapes of the Appalachians. Mine is a poetic and classic view of rural America, and I portray the land in a traditional and representational genre. Each of my museum-quality images is a projection of my artistry and my vision of the world. The spring of 2005 represented a major turning point in my life. I printed my last silver sulfide image. Far from being a sad moment for me, I have headed off in another direction using the latest in digital technology. Now at age 83, I am off on a new and exciting adventure. I now think Pixels rather than Silver Particles. But my view of the world around me has not changed. I am still inspired by the gentle, the noble and dignified, and the beautiful unfolding of life as I see it.
I made this image on June 1, 2012 at about the nine thousand foot level in Colorado's Cimarron Range. Young leaves on the aspen trees take on a brilliant green during their early stages of growth, and I have to plan my field trips accordingly or I will miss this high country sight. This year I was most fortunate in timing my trip at precisely the right date. The weather was perfect, and my field trip resulted in quite a number of high country images featuring rugged peaks and lovely aspen groves.