Posted by: kerryl29 | October 8, 2010

In Honor of Autumn

With fall color season creeping ever closer, I’m poised to make my first photographic foray outside of Illinois and Indiana in 15 months scarcely a week from now. On October 15 I’ll head east for a week’s worth of (hopefully) exceptional shooting opportunities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. I’ll be visiting a series of spots in each state–all of them new to me.  In line with the sentiments expressed in an earlier blog installment, I’m champing at the bit at the very thought of experiencing some new locations.

Middle Prong of the Little River, Tremont, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

I’ve done more shooting outside my immediate home region in autumn than any other time of the year.  Come to think of it, I’ve probably done more shooting inside my immediate home region in autumn than any other time of the year.  So I suppose it won’t come as any particular surprise to note that I’ve almost certainly done more shooting in autumn than any other time, period.

White Birch Forest, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Fall is a marvelous time of the year for photography, for all the obvious reasons (i.e. the singular explosion of color) and some less apparent reasons as well.  It’s a time of year, for instance, that often sees significant changes in temperature as the day moves along which can produce some extremely interesting–and photogenic–atmospheric conditions.

Council Lake in Morning Fog, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan

And that obvious factor–the symphony of color–is one that has an uncanny ability to turn an ordinary scene into something extraordinary.  The contrast present in the fall may not be there at other times of the year.   A scene that might lead one to simply saunter past at another time can become highly compelling when the autumn colors come calling.

Aspen Hillside, Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

Even the ground itself becomes an attention getter.  Intimate scenes that ordinarily wouldn’t merit a thought have a strange ability to provoke wonder and amazement when fall rolls around.

Fall Forest Floor, Morton Arboretum, Illinois

I encourage everyone reading this blog entry to get out and make the most of the fall photo season.  If you dawdle and miss out this time around you’ll have to wait an entire year to take advantage of some of the very best that Mother Nature has to offer.

Pewits Nest State Natural Area, Wisconsin

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