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.
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.)
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.