I was driving to an assignment last Sunday through some stunning groves of golden Aspen and other colorful trees and created the photographs below. I wanted to stop several times, get out and try for a more traditional landscape photograph, but alas, I could not be late for my shoot. In hindsight I’m glad there was no stopping, as these photographs are far more visually interesting than what I would have captured standing still.
I am in the process of sending out a new promo piece. This photograph is the dominant picture, and I want to share a bit of the story behind the picture.
Bob Cain, Forest Entomologist with the USFS, is standing in a section of forest about 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado, that was hit particularly hard by the mountain pine beetle. The mountain pine beetle, a species of bark beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, is native to the forests here in the western United States.