Aspen Mirror

From the time Cathie first viewed the photograph that inspired her quilt, she was so drawn to it.  It was from the place that she had lived full time for the last ten years, a place where very few people spent more time than just their weekends at the cabin. It is at an elevation of almost 10,000 feet, where the seasons are slow to come and don’t last very long except for the winter, which is way too long. As she worked on this quilt, she remembered some springs that came way too slow, and the only thing that gave you hope of a new season was a walk to this spot where wild pussy willows were the first things to appear. She would drag her husband there, with clippers in hand, and cut them for the house, knowing that putting them in a vase gave us hope spring was near. They would last until the next end of winter, when we would gather new ones. It was a place that not many people knew wild roses grew just near the water line of the stream that were a pale pink with only four petals. A place where she spent much time in quiet meditation about things in life that needed more thought. A place where every summer her grandchildren and her spent many beautiful memories with our toes in that stream, a place where her granddaughter Siena Rose, who was only four at the time,  saw a fisherman catch a fish and asked if she could touch the fish’s eyes.

Aspen Mirror Photo ThumbnailEvery year, Robert tries to get up to Cedar Mountain to capture the very short season of fall colors that seems to come and go quickly at 10,000 feet. It starts around the third week in September, but is never predictable. A day too soon or late and you have missed it. One of his favorite spots is Aspen Mirror Lake because of the nice assortment of deciduous trees surrounding it. He did his best shooting towards the lake and turned to walk back to his truck when he noticed the view down-stream was even better.  He crawled under the bridge and set up his tripod to capture the reflections in the mossy stream and colors in the distance. Cathie was able to capture the movement of the water and her border patterns add a wonderful touch.