Taken in Yosemite Valley on May 18th, 2012
I love fresh maple leaves in the Spring. They have a vibrancy of color that has always appealed to me. And when these young leaves are backlit, they glow with their own magic light. This shot was two years in the making. In 2010 I snapped a shot of this grove of maples and pines just casually as I was walking past. Only later did I realize the potential for a great photo. And it took me two years to have an opportunity to get back to the same grove at the right season and the right time of day in order to create this image.