Fall in the moments before

There is a really special time of year around here where the weather begins to cool and the trees are cued to start to turn and prepare for their winter sleep. We always have a few weeks of a second summer – it gets cold and then we hit a week of gorgeous summer weather. This halts the leaves and it’s like they wait for that time to pass so they can explode into rich, glowing reds, oranges, yellows at every depth and brightness.

It’s the moment before everything begins to hunker down for the winter. I love it more than any other time of year.

Fall past and soon to come

I came upon some photos I took last fall. I don’t remember the colours being so vibrant but wow, I’m glad I didn’t delete this folder without flipping through the files first. 🙂

…and then there’s the lake……

These all bring on a feeling of silence and peace; just the wind in the trees and the soft lapping water as the gentle tide pulls the waterline back from the land.

Here, I could stay forever. Aren’t photos incredible? The moment of the memory captured with the image. Pure magic.

The colours fade

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There’s such a beautiful array of colours around here in the fall but it is always such a fleeting thing.  There are usually three or four good weekends between

*Everything is still green with only a little splash of colour showing through* to *everything is dead and/or covered in snow* in a matter of days.

The snow IS beautiful to photograph and being out of the city allows for many nice shots of snow piled atop leaves and branches that haven’t been disturbed by humans.  Ice storms are, although terrifying and dangerous, spectacular when a chance to capture an entire everything encased in glass/ice comes along, but, everything considered, winter is really just a lot of white balancing with the camera and dead looking trees.  There’s still a ton of beauty out there though – it just takes a bit of patience and some warm boots to find.  🙂

A day off, a drive and a whole lot of peace

Obviously, one of my favourite things to do with my time off (when I can manage to stay away and upright despite to the medical issues that cause issues with both of those things!) is wander and shoot photos.  These shoots are for no one, go nowhere and generally just sit in my online photo albums for the rest of time, until I maybe need a shot I remember to print for a friend who liked it or needs a cheer up.  I’ve started making my photos into little note cards, where the photo prints on one side of the card stock and then I can fold it and write something nice inside.  Makes for a super quick and personally created thank you or pick me up.

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Most times I wander on foot through areas close to me, as I’m lucky to live in a countryside setting that is only a few miles from a large city.   I have pretty much everything close to me that I would want to shoot:  Farms, barns, decrepit old buildings, falling apart with neglect, city-scapes, street art, modern and very old buildings, animals, trees and rivers and prey birds in flight everywhere, hunting for food along rocky-tree lined cliffs boarding some of the Great Lakes around me.  (Four of which I can get to without much travel).

On Friday, my hubs had the day off so I took it off as well and we drove around like we used to do long before we had children and adulthood took over.  I managed some lovely shots on our trip.  I’m going to post them here – little back stories included.  🙂

Stay tuned….

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