Aspens above the Desert
Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado, 2014
Grand Mesa is known around western Colorado as the world's largest flat-topped mountain, rising to 11,333' from about 4600' in the valley below. The climate on top of the mesa is strikingly different from that of the valley, especially in the amount of rain and snowfall. The upper reaches of the mesa have wildflowers and lots of lakes for fishing and kayaking in the summer, striking aspens in the fall, and miles of cross-country-ski trails in the winter. I was drawn to the swirling clouds in this scene; they accentuate the contrast between the desert floor and the vibrant aspens near the top of the mesa. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.