About the Book
In late September of 2008, Stephen S. Ashley chanced to visit Avon, Colorado. He came with modest expectations, knowing that the off-season in central Colorado begins in late September. What he saw amazed him. The aspen trees that graced the mountainsides all around us had turned a brilliant yellow. Nature had gilded the Rockies. He passed mile after mile of spectacular fall foliage.
He hiked the ski runs at the nearby Beaver Creek resort and explored the famous and historic areas nearby—Vail, Aspen, the Maroon Bells, Minturn, Leadville, and Twin Lakes. Since 2008, he has returned for weeklong visits at the same time of year in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014 to photograph the annual display of aspens and cottonwood trees.
Through the 81 black and white prints included in this volume you will relive his visit to this unique landscape.
When Stephen Ashley was a young teenager, his family moved to a new town and rented a house with a bomb shelter in the basement. He discovered that when he turned off the lights, the bomb shelter was perfectly black. He realized that the bomb shelter would make an ideal darkroom, and he assembled one, using a Kodak slide projector as an enlarger. The light from the projector was so bright that it solarized the enlarging paper. Thus began his photographic avocation. During his career he engaged in many occupations—fire fighter, typesetter, lawyer, writer, publisher, law professor, software developer, flight instructor—but all the while he honed his photographic skills. After a serious illness forced him to give up his law-related work, his retirement gave him the opportunity to devote his time to expanding his portfolio and to finding an audience for his work.