Bullion Canyon is also known as the Canyon of Gold in the Fishlake National Forest in Utah. When I hear the old phrase, "There's gold in them thar hills," I think of our canyon, but I don't think of any precious metals. I think of golden aspen leaves interspersed with rusty oak leaves and red maple leaves. That's the gold I am panning for with my camera.
I know they say sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. To me, that means we lose sight of the big picture when we get lost in the details. In Utah, it seems you can't see the leaves for the forest, really. There just aren't as many deciduous trees here, and most of the foliage is low-growing scrub oak or scrub maple growing in spots among the pines. And sometimes, like yesterday, you can't see the leaves for the fog...
I'm used to the fall foliage that covers the mountainsides on the east coast, having grown up in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Mountains look like they're on fire when fall is in full swing. To satisfy my need for vibrant color here in Utah, I find what I'm looking for when I get "up close and personal" with my camera, zooming in on the beauty of individual leaves or branches. When my viewfinder is filled with color, I get the same sensations I did growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge.
|My faithful companion during my photo safaris.|
I miss you, Baby Marley.