Magical Aspen Colors

aspens at Breckenridge
aspens near Breckenridge

One of the most solid memories for me as a child are the Fall aspens coloring the hillsides. Magnificent! I am 60+ years old and have finally been able to time a family visit trip back there, during this magically colorful event. I was born and lived in Lakewood Colorado and the mountains till I was in 4th grade, which is when we moved to Hawaii. I had the gift of many many weekends in the rocky mountains with my Grandparents (Mom’s side) exploring mines, beautiful rocks, fishing and camping out.

aspen hwy 6
aspen hwy 6

Experiencing these splashes of color across the mountains and valleys had a much larger effect on my emotions that I had expected to experience.

Hwy 6 A Basin
Near Arapahoe Basin Hwy 6

Memories of loved ones gone so long ago came right up into my face. I could see their faces, hear their voices and remember the frying fish over the campfire. It took my breath away.

Hwy 6 aspen CO
Highway 6 aspen CO

I loved the trip and took many pictures that I am sure will become paintings in the near future in the studio.

Hwy 06 aspen
Hwy 6 aspen

As we drove north on our way back home to Washington state tears rolled down my face and my heart must of cracked as I said goodbye to the family I was able to experience again.

Author: artist

An artist with realistically surreal colorful style in the Inland Pacific Northwest, Valerie Woelk.

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