In the heart of the San Juan Mountains, I stumbled upon a serene grove of white-barked aspen trees. It was a world of contrasts, where the stark white trunks stood in quiet harmony with a chorus of brilliant yellow aspen leaves. Against the backdrop of these ivory sentinels, the leaves burst forth like specks of sunlight, creating a vivid mosaic of color in an otherwise monochrome landscape. It was a moment of simple beauty, where nature painted a picture with just two colors, a whispered tale of autumn's arrival in the mountains. Photo © copyright by Rich Voninski.