Fall · Nature

Mom’s Tree

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They say you can’t see the forest for the trees, but what if you can’t see the trees for the forest? In my search for fall color, I found this graceful sapling standing in the afternoon spotlight between two giants. This is the picture my mom loves. She does tend to root for the underdog. 🙂

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Fall · Nature · Uncategorized

Following the Fall Colors

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McDowell Creek Park, Linn County, Oregon
My only other companion. Hello Deer!

It’s been sunny in Oregon, which is weird, because by now we would ordinarily have had many inches of rain. It’s been nice for photography, though. I was able to get out the other morning and shoot at McDowell Creek Park. It’s in a small valley, so even at 9:00 a.m. I beat the sun and worried for my safety, as it is in cougar country. I saw some tracks by the side of the road and was checking them out. As I turned to head back to my car, I saw something up the gravel road across the street from me. A buck was about halfway up the hill, watching me. I went back to my car and stood there silently, hoping he’d come down.

He started making his way down through the brushy hillside and crossed the road down a ways from where I was waiting. Darn! I grabbed my camera and walked toward the river, thinking (mistakenly, perhaps) that if there was a deer, there probably wasn’t a cougar. As I rounded the bend,  there he was, watching me. I managed to fire off a couple of shots before he went bounding into the underbrush. I have to say, this was the highlight of a beautiful day in the woods.

Oh, and I got a decent shot of the fall colors, too. 😉 If you are interested, it can be purchased here.

B&W · Conservation · Nature · Photo Challenges · Photography

CB&W Nature: GTNP & YNP

What great timing for this theme! My husband and I just got back from a road trip to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone NP. In the U.S. we are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of a forward thinking decision to conserve these natural spaces for all to respect and enjoy. Every time I visit one of our National Parks I am awed by what I see.

American bison in Yellowstone NP
American Bison in Yellowstone NP
Evening in the Grand Tetons, Jackson Lake
The Grand Tetons from Schwabacher Landing
Moose in GTNP
The Grand Tetons reflected in Jenny Lake
Fall “color” in GTNP
Yellowstone wasteland

Go! Plan a visit. Just please remember these are natural spaces with all the inherent dangers. Read the signs. Respect the wildlife. Follow the rules. Above all, don’t be a statistic.

Thanks to Cee for another wonderful installment of her black and white photo challenge. If you would like to participate, click here.


Nature · Photography · Photography 101

Slow Water – Photography 101

I’ve always wanted to take the slow photos of running water. I bought a tripod. I slowed the shot down. I also got a darkening filter, which made all the difference. (I never knew they existed.) Here are 3 photos taken at the same time with different settings. Although the assignment was about motion, I noticed the color in the slow shots is a lot deeper and more balanced. I’m sure the darkening filter had a lot to do with it.

If you are interested in settings, click on a photo and they will show up on the slideshow.

I used to have a Pentax MX – totally manual. I used to understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. Since getting my DSLR, I’ve been pretty lazy in letting the camera do all the work. I’m just now relearning these things, and it’s a steep learning curve.