Monday, October 5, 2009

Falling for Autumn

I’ve made it clear on these pages that I’m a summer baby who hates fall. Well, I don’t really hate fall, I just find it depressing. While the rest of the world is rejoicing over cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage, I’m mourning bare feet and sun kissed skin. This year, I’ve pledged to make a real effort at enjoying the beauty of autumn. I’m not making any promises, but I’m going to give it my best shot.
As my first step, I headed out to take some fall pictures for a photography assignment over at The Pioneer Woman. It involved bokeh, which basically is opening the aperature as wide as possible to create bubbles of fuzzy light behind your subject. I tromped out to the wildlife refuge near my house, figuring that was my best shot at fall colors. And an interesting thing happened. I learned that fall isn't so bad, especially on a beautiful October day with plenty of sunshine.
The lens of a camera forces you to focus on details, to hone in on the minute and appreciate intricacies you might not normally notice. The foliage in this part of the country hasn’t changed much yet, so we don’t have that knock your socks off color that New England does. Yet. But there is just enough color and subtle change to make things interesting. If you look. Really look. And I did. And I’ve decided that there can be beauty in death or at least the process of dying.

6 comments:

The Church Lady said...

That is one of the things I love about fall - - being outdoors on a crisp sunny day, hiking through a golden field or a marked trail through the colorful trees. It is invigorating to me.

Your images are wonderful, especially the one with the wishes stuck to the branch.

The Girl Next Door said...

Gorgeous photos but alas hula girl, Summer I miss thee and I hate Autumn but not as much as I hate hate hate winter. Go South Young Woman! (the hell with West).

oreneta said...

Those are some lovely shots! For me it is the quality of the light in the fall, it is so much warmer and less harsh....not that I don't love the blinding light of summer, heck I've moved to Spain....but still, there is something about fall light.

Trailboss said...

Great pictures. I have really been enjoying the ones at PW's site too. I like fall, the cool temps are just what I love. But then it turns into winter (Boo boo) but that of course is what makes the world go around.

Janis said...

Be still and notice the world around you. There is so much beauty that we take for granted. You captured exactly what I am talking about. Great photos.

A New England Life said...

All you can do is make the best of the seasons. Living in New England I've certainly learned that! Our color is still a little drab but it's getting there. Up north I think they are almost at peak!