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Fall Wonder #11

Bloedel Reserve

Alders and vine maples line the paths through the Reserve.  It is a Fall Wonderland. Light filters through the trees making the vine maples’ orange, red, and yellows pop out from the green background.  The light brightens the grey-white bark of the Alders.  What a beautiful palette of color nature has given us.

Fall Wonder #10

“Monet’s Forest”

Gentle light filtering through
leaves of orange, yellow, and green,
paints an image of warmth and peace.

As I looked into the Forest at the Bloedel Reserve, I felt like I was looking into a Monet painting. Soft filtered light, shadows, and subtle pastels decorated the scene.  In post, I added a little of the impressionistic feeling using Topaz Impression.  

Fall Wonder #9

“Red, White, and Green … the Natural Colors of Western Washington”

When you see RED, SHOOT.  This little advice from John Barclay sticks in my mind.  Fall has a multitude of color contrasts.  A red maple leaf always catches my eye.  I saw “Greeting Card” written all over this image when I snapped the shutter.

A fallen red leaf
nestles into a bed of green,
getting ready for a long winter’s sleep

Fall Wonder #7

“Nature’s Abstract”

Beautiful abstracts abound in the natural world around us.  I am constantly amazed how much of nature’s art I see when I just take my time to peacefully look around me.  Moments before I recorded this image, I was admiring a beautiful reflection of trees with their full fall glory in a pond at the Bloedel Reserve.  I turned around and immediately saw gentle rays of sunshine peeking through two aspen tree trunks.  I gasped at the beauty and quickly took an image before the sun went behind a cloud.  That brief moment was a wonderful gift!

Fall Wonder #6

Grey Alder & Vine Maple, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA

Simple subject, glorious color.  What a treat it was to visit Bloedel on a beautiful sunny fall day. Reds, oranges, and yellows were scattered against brilliant greens.  The grey-white bark of alders stood out among the color.  There was just too much to photograph.  I am already planning on a future trip.

Fall Wonder #4

Yakima River Canyon

The Yakima River Canyon is always a great photographic opportunity. During the fall it is especially so.  The bright oranges pop out from the brown surrounding hills.  They accent the blues in the river and sky.  The canyon displays different scenes throughout the day.  The morning sun highlights the western bank.  The afternoon sun highlights the eastern bank.  A great day is to drive north through the canyon in the morning, enjoy the shops and galleries and have lunch in Ellensburg, then drive back south through the canyon in late afternoon,. (A Yakima valley perspective.)

Fall Wonder #3

Yakima Area Arboretum

I find that most of my images focus on details and small vignettes.  As I try to portray the larger grand landscape, I tend to fall short..  But I still keep trying.  This scene set itself up for me:  an interesting foreground, a reflective mid ground, and a colorful background that helped frame the image.

The Yakima Area Arboretum is a beautiful place to be on a fall morning.