“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
Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA
Sun bursting through
a canopy of yellow and orange,
warms my heart.
What a beautiful, warm day it was!
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.
Yakima River Canyon
Early morning sun highlighted the hills and their reflection on the river. I needed about another half hour before the tress on the rivers edge would be highlighted. I did not have the patience and drove further up the river. That was a mistake!
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.)
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.
Miracles happen. I saw leaves gently falling. Quickly. I brought my camera to my eye and froze these two leaves on my first shot. Sometimes I just get lucky.
A gentle breeze rustles by
The leaves, soon they fall,
Covering the ground below.
Yakima Arboretum, Yakima, WA
Full fall color is all around us. For the next several posts, I will share some of the autumn wonder that has caught my eye.
Summer beauty has past.
Fall gradually flows to winter.
The memory remains.
Washington Arboretum, Seattle
I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it. Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth. Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.
The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory. They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting. I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure. I like the way it came out.
Seattle Japanese Garden
Monet’s may have painted the entrance bridge of the garden from this perspective … maybe, maybe not.
Thank you Topaz Impression.