The Fall of 2017 was a time I'll never forget.  I was invited on a trip to southwest Colorado to capture the fall colors with a small group of very talented photographers.  Friendships were born and more trips have followed.  This image was one of the first images taken in Colorado, working my way from Denver to Crested Butte, Kebler Pass, Ouray, Silverton & the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  There's nothing like Colorado in the fall.  
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MAGNOLIA POD
MAGNOLIA POD
MAGNOLIA POD OPENING
MAGNOLIA POD OPENING
FRAMED AND MATTED
FRAMED AND MATTED
Botanicals have tricks up their sleeves.  I found this magnolia pod and found it's architecture very interesting.  Such design & symmetry.  After shooting the first image (above left), I thought I was finished & set the pod aside for several days only to find it opening to reveal its very red seed.
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RED MAPLE
RED MAPLE
FRAMED & MATTED
FRAMED & MATTED
One of the most incredible aspects of photography is turning the ordinary into extraordinary. There are some maple trees that oddly start turning color in early August.  I picked the most perfect leaf I could find and photographed it close up, using what's called a macro lens.  This lens allows for super close-up shots that show amazing amounts of detail.  This final image is made up of 100 shots using a technique called focus-stacking.  This allows for extreme detail to be captured with the entire plane in focus.  Once these images are stacked together, the real editing begins.  I positioned this leaf to mimic the tree it came from. Nature provides an endless supply of subjects to make art from. 
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