The Glorious Color of Trees (And a Photo Tip)

Over the last several days, I have felt a certain urgency to be outside, capturing photos.  The weather has been in the 70’s here in Minnesota, and there have been dire predictions of an advancing cold weather front (even snow) by the end of the week.  If and when that happens, most of the glorious fall foliage will be gone.  I don’t use the word glorious often, but I’m sure most of my fellow Minnesotans will agree–this has been a glorious autumn showing of color!

All of the photos (except the last one) were taken using a wide-angle lens held at the trunk of the tree.  I love how this angle gives the sense of the majesty of the tree, and shows off the color against the sky.  The last image is of a pretty tree, but it looks rather boring.  I’m hoping someone can give me advice on how to make this a more interesting image…or other ideas on photographing trees…Perhaps we could do a tree photo link up…?  Any takers?  If so…I would be happy to host…

Stillwater Morning Walk

Inspired by Yvonne Michelle at Photecstasy’s post on Chasing the Light, and in my constant effort to take 10,000 steps (Read more here)…I got moving early this morning to capture the sunrise in my hometown.  I love to shoot the Stillwater Bridge at this time of year, so off I went at 6:30 am.  (Fortunately, sunrise is fairly late at this time of year!)  Unfortunately, no sunrise was to be seen this morning –just too many clouds.

The morning was not without charm, however.  I enjoyed the quiet morning sounds on the St. Croix River and even spotted a blue heron  for good measure!

I’ll head back to the bridge later in the week and try again, but for now, I hope you’ll enjoy the quiet blues of this cloudy morning along with me!