In the Fall of 1990, after Tulane graduation, I took a cross-country trip with my Mom to help me relocate to Southern California. It was an unforgettable and priceless journey. Along our drive through Colorado, I was stunned by the Autumn gold trees along Crystal Lake, Coloarado. On the drive, I saw a path of gold trees and had to slam on the brakes and turn around to take a picture. It’s one of those photographs that I will take to my grave as one of the earliest memories of creative inspiration in nature.

I agree with my Mom, we like to think of it as the official “first photograph” that launched my photography career.

photograph of golden trees in the Fall of 1990 in Crystal Lake, Coloarado by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick