First fall forays

I have been waiting for this day for a long time.  I drove up to the cabin yesterday, not getting away from home until 11 a.m., with my faithful companion Limo as co-pilot, in a rental truck (to bring up some new chairs) that was half-again as big as the one I had ordered and wanted.  When I went to pick it up, the agent informed me that she’d been unable to locate a ten-footer, so they gave me one with a 15-foot bed.  When I explained that I’d wanted the smaller one because I’d have to negotiate a heavily-wooded, seriously-curved driveway, she apologized again and actually took 20% off the rental fee.  The drive was rather uncomfortable, since the seat doesn’t recline at all, and Limo’s cushion kept sliding off his, but we made it uneventfully and in good time, but it was still after dark when we arrived.  I had fun backing into the driveway as far as I dared and unloading my stuff down the majority of the hill.  Happily, the weather was clear and calm, though quite chilly, and there were no biting insects.

I was up this morning just a little after 7:30, eager to see the stage of the autumn foliage, and was greeted with an unexpected and very pleasant surprise—a gentle fog had formed and was rendering everything in dramatic pastels and softened details.  I knew it wouldn’t last long, so I hastily dressed in yesterday’s clothes, attached Limo’s lead, and scurried out to immerse ourselves in the magic with only my main lens and without the burden of a tripod.

We headed straight down the hill and found the lake perfectly calm.   The sun was just climbing over the horizon and was filtering in through the lakeside flora, back-lighting everything its diffuse light could touch and rendering a lovely, soft light on the things it couldn’t.

When the mists on the water began to burn away, we headed back uphill, up the driveway, across the road, and into the path that I’ve carved into the new growth that’s regenerating to replace the hyper-mature forest that we had to have logged earlier in the year because of the alarming increase in deadfalls.  The temperature had dropped to freezing overnight and there was an exquisite, light icing of frost on the low plants in the meadow at the start of my new trail.  I now wished I had reconsidered leaving the tripod behind, as there was not a hint of breeze, and I had the impression that everything around me was holding its breath, savoring the delicate beauty.  I did my best not to disturb the serenity.

We had the better part of an hour before the sun warmed the fog enough that it lifted above the new poplar jungle and rose up toward the crowns of the few trees that are left standing.

Tomorrow I will be exchanging the monster truck for a normal car and will be able to start my excursions into the deeper woods, scouting out the best places to share with my friends when they arrive on Saturday and Sunday for a full week of music, photography, and other fun.  More soon!

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19 Responses to First fall forays

  1. freedlife says:

    If you do your other activities as wonderfully as your photography, then I’m bringing my pets to you, I want an album of your music, and let’s go fishing. VERY NICE!

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you very much for stopping by and for the kind words! I’ve been retired for about 2 1/2 years, but I really miss small animal practice. Next request–I’ll be very happy to supply you with an album of my music. I’ll send contact info to your e-mail address. As for fishing, count me in ANYtime we can get together! I’ve had a preliminary look at your (new!) website, too, and am impressed with the rugged country you get into.

  2. zannyro says:

    Gosh this is gorgeous….Can’t wait to see more…just beautiful!

    • krikitarts says:

      Hey, Zanny, I can’t wait to see more, too! I’ll be getting out there as much as possible, between playing enough music to keep my fingers up to speed and feeding my friends, but there must be plenty of time for more forays, and I’ll share!

  3. Victoria says:

    Stunning images, especially that second one. I’ve never got up early enough to catch mist/fog in the winter or Autumn, but seeing the beautiful soft light makes me yearn for Autumn & Winter again (now that Spring’s just started here in Australia – well,sort of started – snow is forecast for the surrounding hills tomorrow).
    The colour’s so mellow, it’s like an aged old wine. Will look forward to seeing some more images in the coming days.

  4. krikitarts says:

    High compliments, Victoria, and I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to transport you, at least in your imagination. I love your allusion to mellow, old wine, and hope that I can share one with you some day. Spring snows have their particular charm, too, and I hope to see some of them from you soon.

  5. skuk2 says:

    Stunning pictures Gary, well worth the effort of an early rise.
    Love the last one especially, with the colour of those ferns.

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Good pictures, Gary, especially the top one. We’re just back from a few days in Cornwall, near Penzance – and 400+ images in the Nikon and more in the G11 – but a lot are destined for deletion! Hope you’re fine! Adrian

  7. MikeP says:

    Gary you out did yourself here… your writing made me feel as if (so wanted to be) I was there on that frosty morning. Truly stunning pics!!!!

  8. krikitarts says:

    Very kind of you, Mike! I’d love to take you on a hike around here. No more frost is predicted until Thursday night (and possibly some rain), but I’ll be up and very ready before dawn on Friday. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!

  9. Meanderer says:

    What wonderful light and colour. I love all the images but the way the light catches the straw-coloured grassy plant in the second image is just beautiful.

    • krikitarts says:

      That’s actually a small, solitary corn stalk. I’ve no idea how it came to be there, but I’ve had a special regard for it ever since I first saw it earlier this year. Glad you like it, too!

  10. seekraz says:

    Beautiful photos, Gary…absolutely wonderful. I love the fog…and the sunrise on the water is incredible…wow….

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you, Scott, there aren’t many more magical combilations that fog and a rising sun. We may have the first snow tomorrow and it’s supposed to drop to 27 overnight, so I’m hoping for another foggy sunrise on Friday. I’m keeping my fingers crossed–it makes it a little hard to play the guitar with my friends, but I’ll manage…

  11. Emily Gooch says:

    Wow… Gary, these images are absolutely amazing. I am in complete awe of the feelings I get from looking at them. :)

  12. krikitarts says:

    Thank you so much, Emily–it’s just great to get such wonderful feedback from other friends whose photography I also admire!

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