Alan Barrett Images | The Bigger Picture | Autumn colours in the Upper Michigan peninsular

I have been fortunate to photograph the autumn colours in many of the American states, but none have compared with the palette offered in the Upper Michigan peninsular this one year. The variety of colour was exceptional and the reds of the maples the most brilliant that I have seen - now, being an overseas visitor, my access to the American forests is undoubtedly limited, and maybe an American national will take issue with me, but to someone more used to the russets found in English beech forests, these Michigan colours were spectacular.

Colour aside though, I find photographing the woodland most difficult, with there being a great temptation to photograph the colour to the detriment of composition.