Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Autumn Colors

The trees are just beginning to turn to fall colors in southern Wisconsin. On tall sugar maples the colors start at the top and work down the tree, till every branch is ablaze. I love the brief period of time when many trees are multicolored, or when one tree has turned to fire colors while surrounded by other trees still green.

Japanese maple, janesville, WI

A perfect autumn color photo. One of those moments of serendipity when everything fell together: the thin afternoon light during light rain, making the colors glow all the more; the rain wetting every surface just enough to be highly reflective.

maple leaves, Janesville, WI

sunset, Beloit, WI

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Blogger NigelBeale said...


11:30 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

Hi Art

Beautiful photos!

I thought you might be interested in our poetry competition over at Bookhabit
Free entry, $2600 of prizes. Performance and written poetry.
Kindest regards

4:46 AM  
Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

If you tell me you fiddled with the colour in that last photo I will be most disappointed.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Thanks for the comments, all.

No, all of these are pure and unretouched photos. I had to color-correct the middle one a little bit, it has a bit of a gray cast to it, but that's all.

The last photo was one of a pretty amazing sunset series. Just the bottoms of the clouds were painted by the color of the sunset. When I saw what was going on out my window, I grabbed my camera and ran outside and caught as much as of it as I could.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Judith Fitzgerald said...

I'll see Nigel's WOW and raise him a WOWZER! (He's a nature-freak photog, too; so, that's Ni-Sigh sky-high praise.) Holy Flippin' Shutter-Beautin' Bounty; can we see more of the sunset pics? (You must've been quietly grinning sillily to yourself when I was swag-a-braggadociotically yapping about Northern Ontario's Calvacade, eh, Art?) I feel humiliated; ours is, er, was, now (since we've had too many frosts) just as beautiful; but, I'd never be able to capture the essence of what it is I find so irresistible with a camera the way you've done. Standing OH MY, ArtGuy!

Love & Blisses, Jellis :)
p.s. Yeah, I can see why you'd appreciate fine work in this medium, yep; and, I hates ya (NO, NO, NEVERLY NOT)!

6:19 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Wowzer back. Such praise.

All I can say is, Nigel is a better bookstore photographer than I. I'll have to practice assiduously.

I'll post more of the sunset shots, sure. Thanks for asking for them.

What till you see the leaf photos I took today.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Judith Fitzgerald said...

What a tease you are, Art :).

Good! I'm so proud of you, hehe . . . Anticipation's emancipation for each and all @ nation station . . . isn't it? LOL.

And, ah, uh, erm, did you think I missed that "assiduous" as opposed to "deciduous?" As if!

6:30 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

New photos posted. Enjoy!

11:48 AM  

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