Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints.

Alison Sherrow

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.


In the world of outdoor enthusiasts, this is a heavily promoted ethos encouraging a responsible use of our wilderness areas.  As a photographer with a love of the great outdoors, this is a favorite quote of mine.  I feel very fortunate to live where I do as Colorado offers up some beautiful locations which few people venture to, leaving them virtually untouched.  The following photographs were taken in a few of these places.

'Golden Silence' Prints available - Click for details.
Standing in a large and dense aspen grove is an incredibly peaceful experience; a delight of color, movement and sound. Through the treetops high above, dappled sunlight shines down to the fern covered floor. The distinguishable sound of rustling leaves dancing in a gentle breeze is heard mixed with intermittent birdsong.  It is easy to become disoriented when all that is seen in every direction are white spotted aspen trunks.

Kissing the clouds above treeline on one of Colorado's four-wheel drive mountain roads.

'Fierce Grace' Prints available - Click for details.

The view from partway up a pine covered mountain pass as a snow storm reaches down into the valley below.

The sun peeks through the clouds and rolling fog after a summer rain.  The mountain air is damp and cold despite it being the end of June.  Higher up, snow still remains.

'Stick Figures' Prints available - Click for details.

A late fall capture of aspens on a pine covered hillside.  Recent winds stripped the golden leaves from the trees, exposing their white lacy branches.

Tall timbers along the forest edge are adorned in white snow during a long and cold winter.
Colorado also boasts vast prairie lands where one can see for miles.  I've written about them here.  Mountains or plains, each hold their own and completely different beauty.  I will continue to visit and take only pictures, leave only footprints.


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