One of the things I like about aspen groves is that they offer an opportunity for both a landscape and wildlife photograph; an aspen grove is genetically and functionally a single organism. The trees are all clones of the others, and they share a common root system, enabling a single creature to become a landscape of its own.

This aspen grove is high up in the Santa Fe National Forest, and we stood before it on a chilly day last October, gathering images to sustain me through the winter. Spring is here now, and these same vista will be a bit of green fuzz soon.

30 thoughts on “Single-organism landscape

  1. What a beautiful photograph! I wonder how many of those trees come from a single root system. Time to google. Thank you for the share. Do you think it would be okay for me to use this photo in a future post? I would gladly point it out as yours with a link to your blog! It’s just a great pic and inspires me.💜

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