Standing within a large aspen forest in late morning can be an incredible and overwhelming experience. There is so much possibility, and also so much chaos. Many compositions hide within the forest, and none of them are nearly as obvious as the myriad lookouts and overlooks nearby. I wanted to make an abstract aspen image, but I needed to find a space with no clutter - I needed a large open area and then a group of healthy aspens at just the right size with relatively uniform ground cover. After stumbling through the forest for some time, I found it, and began a long process of trial and error to finally take this shot. I like this scene because the blades of grass from the forest floor are rendered almost like the tongues of flames licking up at the tree trunks.