Tanana River Valley, Alaska
Species: Populus tremuloides
Photographer: Art Wolfe
The white bark of these aspens makes them seem to
almost glow from within in the low northern light of the
Tanana River Valley, Alaska. Aspens may seem
delicate, with their fluttering leaves, but they are
immensely successful, spreading across the boreal
forests at the edge of the northern temperate zone.
With their strong root system and ability to quickly
clone, they often benefit from forest fires, being able to
quickly regrow and take space from other species.
From The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell. Image © Art Wolfe