An intimate composition of fallen aspen leaves with raindrops.

Fallen Foliage

Cottonwood Pass, Colorado

A cold front had moved in overnight and any chance at seeing sunlight on this day was gone. The last thing I wanted to do was to photograph a grand landscape with flat light and a gray sky. I steered my vision in a different direction and set out toward Cottonwood Pass with a new idea.


It started to sleet when I pulled off the side of the highway near some small orange-leaved aspen I had spotted the day before. There was a large flow of boulders going up the steep side of the valley and with the rain and sleet, they were dangerously slippery.

I carefully navigated from one to the next, making my way up the valley wall far above the highway. Every third or so step I would stop, catch my breath, and look in between the rocks at the patterns the fallen leaves made. There was a covering of old leaves underneath, probably accumulated over many years. On top of that brown and lifeless layer were scattered newly-fallen autumn leaves. I looked for interesting patterns and designs. I wanted something more than one or two leaves.... something more challenging compositionally. It took me a while and a few near-sprained ankles, but I came down that hillside about an hour later with this beautiful composition. Photo © copyright by Tim Herschbach.

Matted Print

Matted Print

These elegant open-edition and limited-edition matted prints are my most popular format. I personally create each of these beautiful art pieces in my studio in Texas. The photograph is printed on Vibrance Metallic paper, by Breathing Color, a Texas-based paper company. The print is then dry mounted in an archival mat which I hand-cut to fit the image. These matted prints are ready to be inserted into a frame of the same size.

Please note that the size listed is the size of the mat, or frame size, not the photograph size. The mat edges are roughly 2" to 5" wide, depending on the mat size chosen. For example, a 16"x20" Matted Print will have a mat size of 16"x20" and a viewable image size of roughly 12"x16". A 56"x40" Matted Print will have a mat size of 56"x40" and a viewable image size of roughly 48"x32".

The mat is signed on the lower right and numbered on the lower left. The print is also signed and numbered underneath the mat in case you'd like to put the photograph into a different mat.

Each size of Matted Print has its own limited edition. Learn more about my Limited Editions.

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Matted & Framed Print

Matted & Framed Print

The matted print (description above) is inserted into the frame of your choice with museum-grade anti-reflective glass (or reduced-glare acrylic if shipping), and an acid-free 3/16" foam-core backing. Finally, the back is sealed with frame sealing tape to protect the artwork from its environment. Each frame includes soft "bumpers" in the bottom corners to protect your walls, the photograph's certificate of authenticity, and a cable making it ready-to-hang, straight out of the box.

After checkout, Contact me to let me know which moulding style you would like.

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Canvas Print

Canvas Print

Canvas prints are both beautiful, durable, and affordable. I create these canvas prints by hand in my home studio in Texas. The photograph is printed on thick and heavy Lyve canvas, by Breathing Color, a Texas-based company. I then spray-laminate the canvas to protect the inks from moisture and abrasions and to add a lovely satin finish. The canvas is then stretched on sturdy 1.5" stretcher bars and presents with a black edge. If you'd like a different edge color, please let me know.

The canvas will come with soft bumpers on the lower corners to protect your walls, a label of authenticity, and a cable that makes it ready-to-hang, straight out of the box.

Learn more about my Limited Editions.

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Canvas Print with Float Frame

Canvas Print with Float Frame

The Canvas (description above) is framed in a solid-wood, 3" deep float frame that I custom-build for your photograph.

The frame will come with soft bumpers on the lower corners to protect your walls, a label of authenticity, and a cable that makes it ready-to-hang, straight out of the box.

After checkout, Contact me to let me know which moulding style you would like.

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Great care is taken to ensure my fine art prints show the colors and tones that are intended. Due to variances of color and tone in displays, what you see on your monitor, tablet, or phone may be somewhat different than the colors and tones of the print.

Regular production time for a typical order is about a week. If I expect it to take longer, I will let you know.

While the above options will suit the majority of my collector's needs, please contact me if you need to customize your photograph further, whether it be size, frame, or mount.

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