“The Trailhead”

“Trailhead” - North Walkers Woods, Uxbridge

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir

As they say, every journey begins with a single step. This is the first step, and view, when entering the beautiful oak forest at Walkers Woods, a single tract within a vast conservation area, just south of Uxbridge, Ontario.

It will also be my first step to a new series of art photos that I’ll be publishing over the next few weeks, documenting the mid-November forest, most captured, on a single day, since time and light seem to be rare commodities of late. Fortunately, I live only a few minutes drive from these forests, which makes them a convenient weekend destination, with most of my time spent hiking and making photos. Evenings, though an option in the long days of summer do not offer any opportunities in the fall, since it’s already getting dark around four thirty.

I titled my prior series the “God-Light Series” and it featured a lot of golds and yellows. Well, the sun is lower in the sky and the light not quite as intense. As I considered the light and my attraction to this form of art I decided to call this latest series “Wooden Movements”.

Most of these images feature the bright copper colours of the oak forests just east of my home. While the maples and birches have dropped their leaves, oak and beech seem to be holding on till the end. Beech in particular seems to retain its leaves until well into winter. In the image above, the forest floor is covered with a thick layer of oak leaves, shimmering in the sun, while beech can be seen above, still clinging to the branches.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 75 mm
1/4 sec, f/14.0, ISO 200

High resolution image can be viewed on 500px

For more images like this, please visit my Facebook page:
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or my website (some images available for purchase)
http://www.edlehming.com

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