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.

Reading between the lines

Everything counts - fall 2017
Everything counts – Copyright Whym 2017

Reading between the lines, to me, does not mean seeking alternate motives between the obvious.  Here, in this photo, reading between the lines is having a chance to notice the beauty in every layer.  The leaves are nice, the trees are strong, but there are a million little motions and intentions at play in a single moment in time.  I have no idea what is behind each of these things, but I can stop, capture and lose myself in the loveliness of the everything.

Everything counts.  Everything.

 

Perspective – change the way you see the world

Fall 2017 Skies and Trees
Perfectly simple – Copyright Whym 2017

Can it get any better?  Sometimes if you just shift your perspective every so slightly, you end up not only seeing the lovely fall colours, but also the sky above.  It might not be as lovely as the trees, but without it, they could not exist and our eyes would not see the colours in the spectrum raining down from above.  🙂

Love life.  That’s all that really counts in the end.

Simplicity of life

Red Tree
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Sometimes, I try to stop and find the most simple thing I can and then lose myself in it…the beauty of it without all the complicated mess of camera settings and shutter speeds.  I just hold the camera to my eye and let it do it’s job without my interference.  The photos don’t always turn out perfect, but in that itself…the kinda do.

One single moment in time, captured and shared.  This is why I love what I do here.

Sky, sky, Snake

I’ll post the sky/tree shots first so those of you who dislike snakes (tiny, cute ones) can skip the last shot.  🙂

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Copyright Whym 2017
Fall 2017
Copyright Whym 2017

And now for the adorable little snake family hiding in the leaves.  These guys are harmless and are so tiny, you are lucky to actually see one.  They move fast too; however, it’s always AWAY from you so I’m all good with them. 🙂
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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.  🙂