Monthly Archives: October 2017

“Layers of Change”

“Layers of Change”

“… as we travel again between life and death, 
Waking and dream, blinking, while layers within layers,
None better, none worse, unravel and knit up before us . . .” 
― Jay Woodman

The next image in the “Golden Paths” series, takes us a few more steps into the forest. Among the remaining greens, bright splashes of yellow, orange, and red burst among the branches. Surprisingly, for this time of year, the greens remain deep and rich, gradually fading to pale lime tones. It really looked like someone had taken a brahs and spayed colours through the air in wispy layers.

The hillside adjacent to the path is littered with a few leaves which have already fallen on the deep brown forest floor. I may have mentioned earlier, that the forest floor this years had very sparse ground cover. I believe this effect may have been caused by the unusually rainy year, which thickened the canopy above, blocking precious light from reaching the ground.

The path, bends gently, ever deeper into the forest, a progression into another season.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/10.0, ISO 100

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“Enter Autumn”

“Enter Autumn”

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 
― Lauren DeStefano

The beginning of my “Golden Paths” series, is literally, a beginning. As I entered the trailhead, on a beautiful fall day, I was greeted by this scene, as I entered into autumn an a largely yellow and orange dominated kaleidoscope of colour.

What really got my attention as I composed the image was how brightly the emerging yellows and oranges appeared between the darker pines. Surprisingly, there was still a lot of green, especially in the undergrowth. We’ve had bright warm days and since the undergrowth is largely sheltered from cooler air by the thick forest canopy they have not started to change yet.

So, here we are, at the start of a journey, which spanned several weekends, including my first Studio Tour as a participating artist, thus my near absence from blogging these past few weeks. I’m going to try to keep the images as sequential as possible, as an effort to document the transition of colour from early autumn to the coppery gold which is so dominant in this area, as all that remains is beech, which hang onto their leaves well into early winter. I hope you enjoy this journey through the seasons with me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/7.0, ISO 50

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“Late October Blessings”

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.” – John Muir

Here we are, the end of October nearly upon us, and I’m out hiking in a tee shirt and shorts. The past few weeks have been so incredibly mild that it’s hard to believe it’s autumn. Yet, the leaves evidence that the natural cycles continue.

I have many photos from the past few weekends to review and post in a series that I will title “Golden Pathways”. All the images are from the local trails and contain the incredible colours of a forest transitioning from pale yellows to bright orange. The light has been glorious, yet difficult to fully communicate through images. Stay tuned. For now, here’s another iPhone teaser.

“Glints of Gold”

This is another impromptu iPhone abstraction. A quick hike today put me in a forest just past it’s prime, yet spectacular in late afternoon light. I would have ventured longer, but was pressed for time.

The brief break from the day refreshed me and I am so grateful to have this wonderful conservation area so close to me.

I plan on heading back for a more in-depth and extended hike, as the weather promises to be spectacular.

“Poplars by the Meadow”

“Poplars by the Meadow”

“A good roast of sun, it slows you, lets you relax–and out here if there’s anything wrong, you can see it coming with bags of time to do what’s next. This is the place and the weather for peace, for the cultivation of a friendly mind.” 
― A.L. Kennedy

I made this image on the Thanksgiving weekend, recently past, while on a hike with my son. Despite being well into October (Thanksgiving in Canada is in October), it was beautifully warm, almost hot. Leaves were just beginning to show the early signs of colour, with slight splashes of yellow starting to show on the poplars.

The wildflowers of the meadow had completed their bloom and were beginning to yellow and become dormant. This is the same meadow, where just weeks ago, the honey bees were busy collecting pollen from a thick crop of goldenrod, no longer golden, but a dull yellow and drooping.

Along the edge of this meadow, is a tall stand of poplars. I could barely get a good angle of them in the tall grasses, but found a suitable vantage point. The bright trunks of the trees flash brilliantly against the thick spruce which lie directly behind them . Once more, this is a scene that I have hiked past numerous time and considered it as a subject, but conditions have never been quite right. That day, the afternoon light and colours combined to make it something worthwhile. The delicate structures show in the image in thread-like lines, which pull me in for a closer look.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32, ISO 64

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“Autumn Sunset” – Glasgow, Ontario

“Autumn Sunset” - Glasgow, Ontario

“Each time I see a beautiful sunset or sunrise, I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe that I’m awake and not dreaming.” 
― Anthony T. Hincks

Every now and then, you just have to pull over, enjoy, and take a picture.

In this case, I was returning from closing down our camper for the season, it was later in the day and I spent about fifteen minutes driving west, into a blazing sunset. It was beautiful and painfully bright, yet it was just that.

That is, until we drove through the intersection of the hamlet of Glasgow, just north and east of my home. I simply had to stop and try to make a photo of this beautiful scene. It’s a real challenge to get it close to what the eye sees and the light changes very quickly. Fortunately, I’m very familiar with my camera and what it can and can’t do, having experienced many failures. This time I knew exactly what settings were required and snapped a few bracketed frames just to be sure. Though it’s hard to capture exactly what my eye saw, this is as close an approximation as I could have hoped for.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/125 sec, f/11.0, ISO 100

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