“Unexpected Beauty”

“Unexpected Beauty” - Water Drops on Branches, Fraser Lake,

Nature is a glorious thing. Last week I took to the forest for my annual deer hunt, with camera in tow.

It was not an ideal year for hunting. A slow moving low pressure system had set in and I was faced with three solid days of rain, cold, and wind. This should not come as a surprise in November in Canada.

My real purpose to hunting has always been more about simply being out in nature and observing. A bonus, some years, is a freezer full of meat.

You often hear people bemoan bad weather. “It’s too dark, too rainy, too windy, for any good photos. Well, to me, the above photo proves that all wrong. If your eyes are looking for beauty, you see it, even on an overcast, rainy day. In this case, the rain had eased up a bit and some brightness in the sky lit up the drops of rain clinging to the beech trees. It was near dusk, so the background forest had just taken on a blue cast. The farm field in the foreground had hints of green from the grass that had not yet been heavily frosted. I was really trying to capture the bejewelled look of the branch in the foreground and the contrast of the orange beech leaves against the blue background. I think it turned out rather nicely. It put some brightness into a dull day.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/25 sec @ f/2.8 -.33, ISO 250

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