The leaves have fallen. A few stragglers remain. Hoarfrost on the remaining vegetation is a mild reminder that winter is on its way. Walking around our yard in the midst of beautiful branches and leaves covered with ice crystals was like walking through a wonderland. It was a gift from above.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Here’s an abundant harvest of pumpkins and squashes from the Bloedel Reserve.
Today is a special day to give thanks for our health, families, friends, and the wonderful world that we live in. Each day, each moment is a gift. Each of our roles is to step back and cherish each moment we are given, to live a full life, to make the world around us a little better, and to make someone’s life a bit happier.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.