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“Bright Boundary”

“Bright Boundary”

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” 
― Peggy Toney Horton

I like this image for its allusion to transition. The image fades from bright yellow, to the brooding darkness of the pine forest behind it. For me, it symbolises the shift from bright, sunny days, to the cool of autumn and, eventually, winter.

I prefer the boundary times, spring and autumn, because there is an accelerated shift in the environment, and ever present change. Summer and winter seem more steady and stable, with only slight changes. Summer is a time of warmth, bright greens, flowers, and activities, and winter is a time of cold, gray skies, ice and rest. Whereas autumn seems like it is changing daily. Leaves change colour and eventually fall to the ground, the temperature varies from warm to cold, rarely the same for more than a few days in a row.

This ‘doorway’ between seasons is, like the photo, a threshold to be crossed, and I hope to remain between the two seasons as long as they allow me to.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 112mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0 ISO 200

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“September’s Yellow Sea”

“September’s Yellow Sea”

“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” 
― Wallace Stegner

This image makes me grin. The pine trees appear to be awash or dancing in a sea of yellow created by the profusion of Goldenrod, unsteady on their feet. I say awash, because the various angles of the trunks makes them seem to be swaying in water, further enhanced by the deliberate camera motion.

They seemed a bit out-of-place, not quite part of the forest, yet not part of the meadow either. It’s a very bright scene further enhanced by the soft morning sunlight. The Goldenrod fills this meadow with bright and pure yellow, a sure sign that summer is winding down.

Yet, yellow is just a temporary thing, the yellow will eventually fade to orange and rust, and then be gone for months, its warm brightness replaced by the harsh whites of winter. So, I’ll drink it in, while I can, letting the sun warm me for a few more weeks and looking forward to the cool gentleness and bright colours of autumn.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 112mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0 ISO 280

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“September Lakeshore” – Marble Lake

“September Lakeshore” Marble Lake

“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances. Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world, leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge. ” 
― Reif Larsen

As this wonderful mild September winds down, I’m reminded of the good time spent north of my home at our camper on Bancroft’s Marble Lake. Though I’m not a ‘morning’ person, there have been several occasions when I have ventured down to the dock to watch the sun rise, gradually burning off the mist that hangs over the water, dancing in the shifting air currents.

In mid to late September, the landscape participates in this dance as well. The cooler nights cause mist to form within the trees and hillsides and the whole world seems blanketed in fog. As I stood on the dock looking across the lake, the thinning fog began to reveal bright colours showing through layers of green. There was a magic to these muted colours that I really enjoyed. And so, here they are. It’s a bit more subdued than most of my recent images, but also has a real sense of calm and anticipation all in one image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 

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“Papineau Creek Pines”

“Papineau Creek Pines”

“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” 
― Peggy Toney Horton

In a quiet, unmarked park, along the banks of Papineau Creek, stands a beautiful grove of red pines and balsam firs. Pathways wind between them, enticing me to take just a few more exploratory steps to see what lies beyond.

It’s a hot day, very hot for September, but I know October and cooler weather is inevitable. This is my first time really exploring this little gem of a park. It’s crisscrossed with paths and roadways, making it extremely accessible and quite open. So, as I explored, I made a few more photos. Many just snapshots and memories of a day spent with family and a few more deliberate ‘artsy’ images in my favourite abstract style.

I’m reviewing them slowly, enjoying what each image offers me, still not sure if I have a series or not. We’ll see what the next few days offer up.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100 

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“A Shift in the Winds” – Stouffville Reservoir

“A Shift in the Winds” - Stouffville Reservoir

September, the month where some days convince you that summer will last for weeks, yet others are  stern reminders that change is inevitable. This holds true this year. After weeks of above average, sweltering days, the temperature plummets and we layer on hats and sweatshirts, wondering if this summer has passed us by.

The saving grace, for me is the gradual change of colours. The once verdant trees begin to shift to shades of orange and yellow. I do like the change and variety this time of year brings with it. I recall the days of new growth and flawless leaves. As I look around me now, those leaves are showing evidence of the hardships of days in sun and heat bring on. Edges are browned and shrivelled. Black spots of age dot the once pristine surfaces, leading to the inevitable fall.

Such was my walk today. The grove of poplars pictured above was a beautiful range of bright greens and yellows and the wind made them dance with life. Above me, a falcon disturbed the sparrows, who fled his hungry eyes with shrill chirps. The whole forest was alive with activity and bathed in glorious golden light.

I was happy to get out with my camera again to enjoy and capture this unique moment and, hopefully, bring some of that joy to others.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm @ 95mm
1/4 sec @ f/25, ISO 250

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