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Santa Fe National Forest

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On our second day in Santa Fe, we decided to drive up to the Aspen Vista Trail. This is located in the Sante Fe National forest. To our delight, the aspens were still glorious. The aspens appeared to glow in the sunlight. I learned that aspens are really one organism sharing a large root system. Aspens love sunlight. These aspens are the result of an 1880 forest fire that burned the pines giving sunlight to the aspens. Eventually, these aspens will be shaded out by the pines and go dormant.

Given this was taken right in the middle of a sunny day, I tried out using high-dynamic range image to try to keep the glowing yellows with detail in the pines.

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