In the woodlands near Telluride, Colorado, my lens focused on a striking moment. Here, the aspen tree revealed only a glimpse of its sturdy trunk, surrendering the stage to its vibrant, sun-kissed leaves. Bathed in intense sunlight, each leaf seemed to glow, casting a warm and inviting aura. It was a moment that whispered of nature's resilience, where even in the shadows, life surged forth in a blaze of golden beauty, embracing the world with its brilliance. Photo © copyright by Rich Voninski.