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Posts from the ‘autumn’ Category

Goodbye autumn… Hello world…

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As much of the U.S., including my area, is being pounded with freezing rain in a not-so-subtle reminder that winter is here, I thought it would be nice to say goodbye to autumn with this warm and inviting image from just a few weeks ago. Fall seems such a fleeting season; it’s nice to hold on to it a little longer.

For the many followers of this blog that have tuned in and hopefully enjoyed my notes, ramblings, and visual offerings for the past couple of years, I would like to say formally say “hello” with a new identifying header, which aligns with my recently launched freelance photography business (www.debscallyphotography.com). The love of photography has been with me all my life, and I’ve recently decided to embrace, rather than fear, the challenge of taking it to new levels as a professional. Aside from the new heading, this blog’s mission won’t change–I will continue to use this platform to engage the side of me that thirsts for pure passion and creativity. Those are the two driving forces for anyone who is artistic, so I look forward to continuing on this path while I begin to embrace others as well.

Again, many thanks to each of you, for following, commenting, and encouraging along the way. This community has greatly bolstered my confidence and enthusiasm, allowing me to keep following my dreams.

Stay warm, wherever you are…

If a tree falls…

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So regarding the age-old philosophical question: “If a tree falls and no one is there, does it make a sound?” Well, if you are in the nearby vicinity, the answer is “yes!” An ear-splitting crack, actually. Last night, we had the spookiest weather imaginable for Halloween night, with 20-30 mile wind gusts that shook the foundations of the homes and… apparently some longstanding oaks as well. It’s easy to see how this one could not withstand the buffeting of the wind, which went on for several hours on end. Nature sure had fun welcoming in November around here!

Now you see it…

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This image represents one aspect of what keeps me challenged, and forever thirsty, in my passion for the photographic arts: capturing that “moment” as you are seeing it in real time, and forever encasing it in pixels and perhaps dots on paper in the same  way you originally experienced it. How many  photographs actually do this?  This beautiful morning scene drew me in a week or so ago, on one of the first full days of autumn. It was about 7:00 a.m., and the dew was so moist it was literally dripping off the leaves; the shafts of sunlight were radiating through the branches and the fog, creating an otherworldly effect in what is normally an unremarkable rural setting near our neighborhood. But the moment… the moment was pristine. I framed, clicked, reframed… but  even as I shot, I could tell, somehow, the beauty of the fog-laden air, the clean, refreshing aromas, might never be truly represented by my efforts. Even so, I continued shooting until the sun rose so high that the shafts disappeared and the morning’s magical essence faded away. I hope a bit of it remains in my photograph, and I hope you enjoy…

Winter’s WOW factor…

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Autumn seems to be all about color. Once those green tones of summer begin to evolve into shades of orange, red, rust, and yellow, photographers (me included) leap to our feet, run about madly and try to soak up the color like a sponge–often shooting hue, instead of true composition. You can’t help it, and I am as guilty as the rest. But then December kicks in, and those remaining leaves are dull brown, the skies often turn blustery or gray, and we are left wondering where it all went.

Luckily, the onset of winter brings another dazzling subject–those dusky winter skies. I am no meteorologist, but I assume the tilt of the earth’s axis as we enter the winter solstice gives the sun’s rays that searing ability to blaze through the clouds and offer some of the most gorgeous, breathtaking sunsets of the year. No matter what the scientific reason, I am literally gasping for breath every time a scene like the one above explodes on the landscape, making even an ordinary setting like my backyard look like a scene-stealing broadway star. Now, that’s WOW factor! Hope you enjoy…

Days all aglow…

 

Scrumptious color, everywhere I look these past weeks. We’ve had a particularly long, beautiful run of color this autumn in Middle Tennessee, which has drawn me outside, camera in hand, like a bee to honey. It’s truly irresistible. I love it when a tree like this maple is bursting with warm reds and golds, which creates a canopy of brilliant warm tones below. Even the trunk is glowing. As I was standing underneath, shooting upward, leaf after leaf dropped down around me, reminding me that these days are fleeting. Time to savor, appreciate, and shoot. Hope you enjoy…

Autumn art…

 

I live for autumn. The world is awash with the most beautiful color imaginable. Sometimes it truly just stops me dead in my tracks, and I have to pause and breathe it in. I realize it should be a melancholy time, when the vibrant life of summer fades, dries, crumples, and eventually blows away… but I think for  exactly that reason, I cherish autumn’s fleeting, vibrant beauty all the more. Lately, I’ve been blessed with a double dose of opportunity–fantastic autumn color plus an early morning dose of sugar frosting sprinkled over nature’s palette. Two mornings this week I bundled up, cold tripod in hand, and set out to discover new worlds laying right before my feet. Geometry, color, and texture was everywhere… nevermind numb fingers and toes… it was a photographer’s wonderland. Hope you enjoy…