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Falling down is part of life,

getting back up is Living...

 

Ardessie Falls near a Little Loch Broom in the Hightlands of Scotland.

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Fall colors at Perry Farm in Bradley IL.

Took this last year - October I think. Also took some lovely ones of my son at this same location - the carpet of fallen leaves was quite beautiful. You wouldn't think that this was London! Anyway, I wanted to add some colour to my photostream! Lol.

 

I've finally been getting out and about with the camera after a period of malaise. I think this was primarily caused by the relentless rain, though there were other factors too. Creativity is an unpredictable business!

 

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Captured at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison Indiana.

Waterfall in Ricketts Glen.

The pretty tall Ganoga Falls in Ricketts Glen.

10" x 13" Watercolor

Arches 140#CP

 

For the last week or so when I go out to feed the kitties, the water in their drinking bowl has frozen over. Quite honestly, I know it's been cold in the mornings, but by afternoon, we've been outside with a light jacket. No longer.

 

This weekend seems to have turned the season. The potted basil on my side porch has been completed blackened by the frosts, there are a few leaves here and there, but those are mostly brown, and the leaves underfoot are all crunchy. Yes, the end of fall ...

 

A while ago, I was asked to share a bit about the workshops I took during Art of the Carolinas ...and I'll do over time. It had been a few years since I took several classes over the four-day period, and this year was one of those. Instead of all watercolor classes, I decided to try something very different - acryllic and abstract. To be honest, I am feeling that 'change ahead' nudge that often accompanies a style, thinking process or something else of change in my painting. It happens more frequently than I acknowledge - where I find I am being internally 'directed' to try something new, favoring different photographs or paintings, and I feel a real SHOVE to try something different. It was with these feelings that I took those 'different' classes.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed all of them ... and they have me thinking and viewing my paintings in a new way. So instead of simply posting what I painted in those classes, I'm trying to 'think' out my thought processes, what I'm noticing needs something else, practice a bit of the things I want to change, try some techniques that will move me where I may be headed, and then write a bit about what was involved.

 

This piece, for instance, is one of those 'nudges' that may not be fully realized, but is the first of something changing.

 

I want to work a bit on my brushstrokes to make them more expressive... To make my lights lighter and my darks darker ... This piece uses 'some' of that - but not to the extent I want to go -- but it's a start.

 

And another turn in the road's journey .....

 

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Arches 140#CP

 

This fall view is a bit lighter in real life than on my screen this morning - but the bright colors are definitely what I see around me. Fall color - is just about at its peak in piedmont North Carolina.

 

Our trip yesterday went beautifully well - a gloriously warm day, beautiful colors, historic buildings, jaw-dropping, unique trees to marvel and purchase, a terrific lunch --- really a nice way to end the tour season just as our temps change to winter-chilly and rain.

 

I'll be off line for several days...and will catch up as I can ...

 

Hope your weekend is filled with sun and color!!

Went to the arboretum yesterday and took lots of pumpkins shots. But to my suprise butterflies were everywhere. So needless to say I spent my day running after them. They were so beautiful!

9" x 12" Watercolor

Arches 140#CP

 

Oh the glorious cooler weather that was promised --- really did come today!!! When I went for my morning walk at 7:30 am, I needed long sleeves and slacks!! WOW!! And later, even when the sun burned off the fog, temps just managed to reach 80F!!! Absolutely wonderful -- temperatures, skies, breezes -- our first fall morning!

 

So fitting then, to post this painting. I worked on this when I was visiting Doris, modifying a technique learned from Karlyn Holman ... such fun!

 

Here in piedmont NC, hidden under 'just turning color' leaves, grapes are ripe. I pick some each morning that I walk, their sweet/tart taste thirst quenching and marvelous. The road crews went through the area cutting back tree limbs to prepare for hurricane season, so many of the grape vines that were laden with fruit have, unfortunately, been cut -- but here and there I can find a handful to enjoy and encourage me to 'keep walking!' lol

 

Here's to fall temperatures and weeks of wonderful blue skies, puffy clouds and leaves on their way to brilliant!

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Last year's peak Fall Color....I am looking forward to more this year!!! I will be goal oriented towards the waterfall that ate my Nikon last Fall.....

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Camera Nikon D300

Exposure 1 sec

Aperture f/10.0

Focal Length 12 mm

ISO Speed 100

Exposure Bias 0 EV

Out for a paddle near Copper Harbor, MI.

 

Day 99 of 365.

For TMI's November Contest "Shades of Autumn"

www.flickr.com/groups/impressionists/discuss/721576464641... (4th Place tie)

 

Explore Worthy's Contest "Yellow, Orange & Gold"

EXPLORE Worthy, Challenge 61 - YELLOW, ORANGE & GOLD (Art from 2014)

 

Tis The Season's Contest "The Colors of Fall"

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Art Museion's Contest "Autumn Colors"

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Pretty view in the slot along Olmstead Island ... winter time in Great Falls Maryland area.

Well this was an interesting shoot. I'm deathly afraid of heights, when you add high winds and an unstable top heavy tripod, it was definitely white knuckled shooting. I couldn't stop shaking in anxiety, wishing I could get this done as quickly as possible. Idiotically, I didn't have my ultrawide so I ended up doing a pano, taking up more time. All that kept running through my mind was please don't let there be wind coming from behind me, pushing me over and likely will be the death of me. For the life of me, I could not stay calm. Calm people don't die. I don't know how some of you do it. This shoot pretty much confirmed my need for a new tripod and better shoes - sneakers are terrible in this loose rock and high wind situation. After this Palouse trip, my Manfrotto got replaced with an RRS TV34L and all the different footings lol. Wow, this thing is solid and its probably the best investment I've made outside of lenses/camera. I am definitely more confident now it won't topple over. Maybe I'll tackle this falls once again in the future.

 

Image - 10 image single row vertical panoramic, tight stitch - I was so paranoid that the wind would mess things up I literally overlapped by 80% for each shot. Overall, I think the pano actually turned out okay, there's no weird distortion like you normally see with this pov. I only wish I had gone a couple more shots to the left and right to get a better comp with the tree and the towers. Also, maybe another row up top to get more of that sky. Oh well. Next time! Thanks for the views, comments and favs!

Fall colors from a previous trip to this wonderful waterfall.

Here is a wide view of the RB Ricketts Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park. The pool and foreground rocks at this waterfall were a very nice color, contrasting to the water whites and green leaves in the trees beyond.

Parisian garden of Bois de Boulogne in early fall.

12" x 16"

Arches 140#CP

 

It's that time of year again when fields turn golden and the light brings a glow to the woodlands. My favorite barn now sits among grasses that are thigh-high and wave with each passing breeze. I love to come upon this place in the morning when the sun seems to highlight the aging wood and yellowing fields.

 

It's been an incredibly busy week for me with obligations, paintings to put up, take down, classes, car maintenance, house chores, celebratory lunches, supply gathering for new classes I'll teach and more. There's been little time for resting and it seems September has blown by with the wind. Hopefully October will be a bit slower ...! LOL

 

Weather has been warm and beautiful, with summer temps returning in the afternoons. I picked the final fig from my trees and my first persimmon. The fall apples have started to arrive, and I am in heaven. My favorites - Pinova (very hard for me to find in my part of North Carolina), Honey Crisp and Pink Cripps -- YUMM!!!! I see a lot of apple dishes on my menu!

 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Election Day Fall Color along the Columbia River in Washington

 

The way this tree was spread out was really amazing. I was laying on my back when I took this.

 

I know the trees in the back are leaning and that is because of the wide angle....I like it

Leeds Castle Garden, Kent, England | Press L to view in lightbox

 

Fall hasn't arrived in the Evergreen State yet, so I'm posting one from my archive. This was taken 2 years ago.

   

Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)

Aperture f/16.0

Focal Length 24 mm

ISO Speed 200

 

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Wishing you all a great start to a new week.

Best wishes....

 

Fallen leaves, mossy rocks and a soft dappled light , Hardcastle Crag has it all !!!

Hebden bridge , Yorkshire

Ninai fall & fall foliage

Fall scene on a day of hiking at Blakeley State Park.

Fall color and reflection @ Rocky River Reservation.

Close up of one of the falls on the falls of Clyde.

 

I have bought a new house and decorating has taken up a lot of my time. Anyone want to help LOL

12" x 16" Watercolor

Arches 140#CP

 

November -- the frosts have come, leaves continue to fall, and daylight fades far too quickly ... but the memories of a glorious Fall linger in my mind and on my paintbrush. I stretch my favorite season a bit longer.

 

Painting allows me to do this, and while temps dip and rise with the passing of the season, I return to the warmth and glow of my autumn memories.

 

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Fall Creek Falls

Douglas County, Oregon

A pretty location along the Gunpowder Falls river that is flowing low these days as we have had limited rainfall. This was near the end of my hike yesterday evening.

Another shot from my Whistler, BC set. While walking in the town of Whistler for a day of shopping, I noticed these bright yellow leaves against the back wall of a hotel. NIkon D80/16-85vr.

all that remains of the day is the memory...

for it has turned cold, rainy...and almost leafless now in Wisconsin... a few of the colors and trees are still holding on thankfully..... it is supposed to be down in the low 20's tonight...

hot chocolate...a warm, soft blanket ... an orange glow from the halloween lights and pumpkin spice aroma coming from my tart burner.........

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND FRIENDS !!!

The Peterborough lift lock is a boat lift located on the Trent Canal in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and is Lock 21 on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

 

The dual lifts are the highest hydraulic boat lifts in the world, rising 19.8 m (65 ft). This was a considerable accomplishment when conventional locks usually only had a 2 m (7 ft) rise.

 

No external power is needed, the lift lock functions by gravity alone using a counterweight system. When one side reaches the top position it stops about 5 cm (2 inches) below the adjoining canal's water level. When the gates open water flows into the ship basin until the water level rebalances. The weight of the extra water is enough to power the hydraulic lift. As the top level lowers to the bottom position it pushes the other side up to the top position where the cycle starts over again.

 

I am away for work until Wednesday night. I should have Internet access at the hotel and will catch up with you all sometime Tuesday night.

 

Update: I do have internet but the computer I have on the road is not lending itself to commenting on pictures very efficiently so I will have to catch up with you as I can on my return home.

Ninai fall in fall foliage

Savor the beauty of autumn

Sense the wonder of fall

Give thanks for the bounty of nature

A source of blessings for all.

 

Happy Thanksgiving my friends!!

Fenced view across the top of Niagara Falls.

The very iconic Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO. It may not be original, but it was a bucket list shot of mine. Many more fall photos to come !

11/22/2007: I entered this photo in a Fall Photo Contest in the local paper and got Honorable Mention.

I figure this is about as good as it gets. It is a rocky pool just below Pabineau Falls on the Nipisiguit River near Bathurst, New Brunswick!

 

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As lovely as it is to see all the chrysanthemums in bloom at the Lyman Conservatory's Fall Mum show, the light outside is magical. As are all the seeds popping like fireworks and taking flight. :)

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