“I just knew that I had to stop and photograph these marshmallow trees”

Landscape photography
“Even through the howling wind, when looking at these big white trees, you can’t help but feel a sense of peace” (Image credit: Alisa Zuniga)

Every year, Alisa Zuniga takes a trip somewhere different to see in the New Year. Last year, she decided to stay closer to her home in Colorado, USA. “I chose to head for the southwest because it’s my favorite part of Colorado,” she says. As she was traveling, heavy snowfall transformed the landscape – including the trees, which were barely visible but still beautiful.

“My route to Ridgeway takes me up and over Monarch Pass and that moment couldn’t have been more perfect,” says Alisa. “I just knew that I had to stop and photograph these marshmallow trees that were sitting in front of the bluebird sky.”

Landscape photography
Alisa Zuniga

Alisa is a passionate outdoor and fitness enthusiast who discovered her love for photography while pursuing her BA in Media Arts. Originally from Iowa, this Colorado-based landscape and wildlife photographer has backpacked in Grand Teton National Park, hiked up 27 of the 58 Colorado 14ers, and explored the inspiring landscapes of Iceland. Alisa draws inspiration from the strong bond she shares with nature and is fueled by her passion to explore. 


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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.