Golden Aspens - This stand of aspen is located along Highway 82 just east of Aspen, Colorado. The late afternoon sun was backlighting the leaves causing a brilliant warm glow. I included a nearby aspen trunk in the foreground to give the image some depth. Today was a scouting day and I was able to check out a couple new areas for future tours in this area. The various canyons around Aspen are just filled with huge stands of aspens in all their finery. Tomorrow we'll start the tour with views of the iconic Maroon Bells and later in the afternoon, Crystal Mill/Pumphouse.