Late September and early October bring the first snow to Fairbanks, generally. A light dusting on the trees which still retain a few of the autumn leaves offers a beautiful contrast of soft white and colorful autumn colors. This frame was taken in the undulating hills on the north west side of Fairbanks, just a few miles from my office. I actually wanted to crop the scene even tighter, but I was already at 700mm, reaching across a valley to the other side. Not the clump of yellow aspen trees in the center, as a one single organism, the whole cluster of trees will loose their leaves simultaneously. This is in contrast to the birch trees in the bottom of the frame, which all loose their leaves independently.