Fall Photo Walk, n+1

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With cool temperatures at hand, the El Niño conditions are ending that dampened the beginning of our fall foliage season. Now we’re in the midst of the pre-peak delay, when the trees are on the verge of blazing but dim light, blustery winds, and rain prevent good captures of these changes.

I did have the chance to take a fall photo walk last weekend, and my busy week did not allow posting more of these pictures until now.

The forecast for this weekend is looking very promising, with full sun and temperatures in the 50’s. I hope to capture all the rich colors of the leaves during their predicted peak this weekend.

Ohio Prairie in October

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One of my local parks is maintains a prairie, which is unusual around here because much of northwest Ohio was once swamp land.

McLean Teddy Bear Park, Allen County, Ohio

My Favorite Ash Tree is Done

Ash trees peak early during leaf season; they are almost bare by the time the red maples change color. There is a grove of ash trees I’ve been visiting each fall for the past ten years. I love this particular set of trees because some of their leaves were at eye level, allowing me to capture the subtle differences in the colors of their leaves. Last year I thought I missed them because the trees were already bare by the time I visited them. This year I went to them early and realized that the trees had stopped growing leaves at all. They must have been a casualty of the emerald ash borer problem in Ohio.

I’m glad I was able to get the picture above two years ago. Despite that I’d been hearing about the emerald ash borer for several years, I didn’t consider that those particular trees would be gone because of them.

I’ve taken pictures of buildings that were later demolished. I did not anticipate that I’d be taking pictures of natural things that would become defunct, too.

Carry On, Love is Coming to Us All

As I was driving home today, I noticed that our latent fall is waking up in some places. I drove past several sugar maples in full blaze and felt a bit of agony, knowing that I’d be chasing the light by the time I was able to get them with my camera. The most vivid were on country roads because they’d been exposed to the least restrained sunlight.

Since there was too much traffic to justify trying to get pictures of the best I’d already seen, I opted to visit a couple parks. There wasn’t much orange or red to see yet in those places. The trees there are too sheltered by other trees to peak quickly. I hope I won’t miss them when they hit their prime later this month.

I took the picture above because I liked how the evening sun dappled through the branches of that locust tree. I am intrigued a how a camera can reveal different ways of seeing something. The eye usually sees landscapes better than a camera does. I think this is why landscape photography is so challenging despite its effortless appearance to the uninitiated (I have yet to take a landscape photo that pleases me). In contrast, a camera definitely has the advantage in seeing the sun; it has no retina to risk in looking at it.

I make a point of taking pictures with the sun in them because it lets me see what my eyes don’t really want me to see. My photo walk today did not profit me much in the way of fall foliage, but it did let me see what the sun looks like through a locust tree.

As for the title of this post, the song “Carry On” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young has been in my head for most of the day. I didn’t chase it out of my mind because it feels timely given current events on the national scale, but it will fit the day after the election better. The song speaks of a woman, but I anticipate it will relate more to a particular man on that day.