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fall

Nov 072016
 

What a great time of the year and what a pristine place to view some of the remaining color that fall so humbly bestows upon us.  It’s a real treat to be able to wander along the roads of the eastern Sierra for just one purpose; observing the beauty of nature’s change of season.  The bright and alive green of summer slowly starts to change and before long becomes a vibrant, intense explosion of yellows and gold’s with just a touch of everlasting green, adding just the right amount of contrast to the road less traveled.  There were not many people traversing this patch of roadway on this day.  That’s just fine with me.  It makes this little stretch of heaven just that much more inviting.

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Nov 242015
 

One of the most enjoyable things about hunting for wild mushrooms is the sheer satisfaction of walking around, somewhat aimlessly, in the fall forest.  I’ve never been lost, but I’ve managed to wander so far off the trail that I’m not sure where I’ll wind up.  Chanterelle hunting is my favorite, but you never know what waits down below in the moist rich humus of the Earth in the fall.

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 Mushroom Traipsing  November 24, 2015  Mushrooms Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Dec 132014
 

I love hiking where there is no trail, just traipsing through the forest.  During the fall, after the rains start, it’s even more of a thrill to follow my nose and legs in search of the forest mushroom.  It’s not as easy now living in a drier climate, and I certainly don’t get out as much.  Still, I always find the hunt exciting.  Maybe it’s some genetic thing left over from the days of needing to hunt for food.  When not wondering, I can always just go to the forest and look.

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 Deep in the Forest  December 13, 2014  Mushrooms Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Sep 272014
 

It’s fall again!  I love this time of year.  Much of the time it’s very soft, especially compared to the height of summer and its intensity.  The light is softer, the darkness of day slowly fading, the colors in nature turning inward, readying itself for winters slumber.  It’s also a great time to be in the mountains, where scenes like this abound.

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 Aspens and Snake Grass  September 27, 2014  Fall Color Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 162014
 

A campground resort closed for the season.  I imagine it being a hundred years ago.  Wouldn’t be closed then.  It would be alive and lived in, fire wood piling up in preparation for the coming winter cold.  After all, it’s over 7800 feet in elevation at Lundy Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra mountains in California and nights were cold in mid October.  There in the fall, I was seeking out the colors of the season when I happened across the closed camping resort.  I stayed a while to soak up the beauty and quiet ambiance.

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Nov 202013
 

I brought my tent and pad and sleeping bag figuring I’d be spending the night outside.  After all, that’s what I do up in the Sierras, the mountains.  The great outdoors.  Well, I was so full from the day of both driving and exploring that I chose the easy way of a cheap motel in Bridgeport.  Call me soft, but I’m sure glad I did, too.  When I got up and left before dawn the next morning it was Cold!  I mean it was 15 degrees cold!  Stopping to photograph the emerging light was difficult on my frozen little fingers.  But, continue on I did.  I drove the 10 miles up to Twin Lakes to see the sights of fall.  Wow!

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Nov 122013
 

Of all the times I’ve been up to the Sierra Nevada mountains, I’d never been there just to see the fall colors.  I guess it seemed too touristy without taking the time and energy to do some serious hiking.  Well, this time there was very little hiking and a lot of “leaf peeping” as I’ve heard it called.  Photography was the major interest and activity.  And all I can say is, Wow!  What an incredible place to go and be!  Vivid color with brilliant contrasting blue skies.  I was as giddy as a kid in an candy store.

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Oct 172013
 

Fall is such an incredible time of color and change.  The natural world is on its way to death; only to begin anew again next spring, I might add.  But now, it’s autumn.  I’m enjoying the warm days and cool nights here in my part of California.  And my little part includes the too-numerous-to-mention wine vineyards, in whatever season always an incredible subject for a photographic image or two.  This one comes from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.

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Oct 052013
 

You can’t see it from this vantage point, but the glory of Mt. Baker in NW Washington is just around the corner.  And Mt. Shuksan is just behind and even closer.  But it’s fall now and the colors of fall become primary.  I love color.  I do virtually no black & white photography and never really have.  So, it’s fall and the colors are out!

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Nov 292012
 

I love the fall and it seems to be fading fast.  Storms and rain moving in where I live.  Yes, we may be on the edge of winter so a little more fall color seems appropriate.  The vineyards in Sonoma county are quite colorful this time of year.  The grapes are mostly gone, their juice already working its magic in large vats or barrels with a little yeast thrown in.  Sounds simple but it’s not.  So while the juice is doing its unseen thing, we get the incredible spoils; the beauty of the vines and leaves themselves in a setting sublime, mingling with natures color clock, changing its appearance from green to yellow to orange/red before falling off completely.  Now that’s art!

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