Layers of autumn

Uge Fuertes Sanz's Image

Uge was drawn to the mountains by the promise of autumn colours. The trees didn’t disappoint, but a sea of teasels stole the show, backlit in the soft evening light. In Uge’s shot, the backdrop of crimson trees falls like a curtain, leaving the audience wondering who the leading players are, as their eyes wander between the planes of focus.

It is the spiny, egg-shaped seedheads that give teasels their name: they were once used as combs to tease out the fibres of wool. These statuesque plants boast bands of vivid purple flowers in summer – attracting pollinators such as bees and long-tongued flies – followed by a bounty of seeds through autumn and winter.

Behind the lens

Uge Fuertes Sanz


Uge is a member of the Turolense Land Photographic Society, the Aragonese Association of Nature Photographers and the Spanish Association of Nature Photographers. He has received recognition in many wildlife photography contests including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Asferico, GDT European Photographer of the Year, Golden Turtle and Glanzlichter.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Tamron 150–600mm f5–6.3 lens at 250mm
  • 1/800 sec at f5.6
  • Albarracín, Teruel, Spain
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