New Year's Day 2018
The sub-zero temperatures in New Jersey didn't deter our walk in the Watching Reservation today. The Blue Brook yielded some interesting ice patterns, although I had to walk very gingerly across the glassy ice to get to them. I am loving my new camera, a Nikon D850 and the updated 105mm Nikkor macro lens I recently bought after selling off four older lenses.
I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts. ~ Carl Sandburg
It is still beautiful but you can tell the trees are slightly beyond peak in the woods behind my house. Close to the house the leaves on the ground are still colorful but down near the stream they are drained of color.
Some fiery maples are still to be found. A backlit autumn maple is hard to beat.
The native witch hazels (Hammamelis virginians) are blooming. This is normal for them and contrasts with Spring blooming hybrids. It certainly is a treat to see their yellow, spidery flowers. I recently learned that witch hazel branches were traditionally used as divining rods to locate sources of water in olden days.
Dave liked these special maple leaves with their day-glow veining.
A man and his dog..... Lucy and Dave walk in the reservation nearly every day. Lucy really needs a haircut!
We are going to get heavy rain tomorrow, which will make all the colors look especially saturated. But the leaves will soon be gone after that, so I plan to enjoy them.
Watchung Reservation Autumn
Every year, the park behind my house glows in October. As a nature photographer, I am endlessly fascinated by the variations the stream provides as the leaves float around. Here are some images from yesterday's meanderings.
At the right time of the day, the trees and sky reflect off the water, making the view a confusion of sky, trees, water and leaves.
The water ripples around the leaves, but its fleeting shapes can be captured; each moment in time unique.
Sometimes I see a particular leaf and it seems like the most special leaf in the world for a few minutes. I know it will soon be gone.
Different species, colors and shapes floating on the water are like a calico quilt. I like the ones that are upside down.
Can you tell that some some of these leaves are on the surface of the water and some are underneath it?
It is almost blindingly bright in the late afternoon sun. Long shadows are so exciting, but the warm sun will soon dry the leaves out to a crispy brown.
I stumbled upon photos from the three week trip our family took in 2007 to the desert Southwest. We visited the main Utah parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Zion, Capital Reef), as well as The Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco Culture, Mesa Verde, Durango and Hovenweep. Great memories and an amazing part of the country.