Often we think of autumn as a time with blazing leaves and crisp blue skies. On this autumn morning in Brown County State Park, it was a little different. The colors were softer and most leaves hadn’t quite taken on their color yet. Rain was moving through and the clouds were low. Just as much autumn as those bright crisp days and possibly a bit more frequent- the weather here today reminded of my rainy morning in the park a few weeks back.
I’m sharing a shot of the porch at a cabin we rented in Brown County Indiana. Brown County contains one of Indiana’s finest state parks and is known well for the fall colors in this heavily wooded area of Indiana. Nothing beats a walk in the woods this time of year. Coming back to a scene like this is even better.
When I ventured down to Brown County this past fall I only had one day to get down there, so I would have to take what I could get as far as color. It was October 15 and just about 2-3 weeks shy of peak color down there. It was hit and miss. There was still a lot of green in the woods, but there were certainly little oases of color here and there. The light was just right along this path here.
Preparing for our next trip here in a couple days, I think back to the places that I’ve been able to travel- Nova Scotia, California, Boston, New York , Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and many more places that I’ve been able to visit explore, and yes, take a few pictures.
Though I’ve seen such a small slice of this planet, I feel truly lucky to have been able to do so. Still, that does not seem to quench my desire to explore even further. I long to see Europe, Asia and special places that are at the top of my list like Iceland and New Zealand. I want to take my new found confidence with the camera and revisit places that are special to me such as Nova Scotia.
I have always believed that there is merit in seeing your existing surroundings with “new eyes”. I love the fact that I have lived in this area for 30+ years and I am still finding new, wonderful and beautiful out f the way places to explore. Yet there is a hunger in some people to wander beyond their familiar surroundings. As Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings said, “If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been”. There is a rush of adrenalin for me when I cross into new territory. It is filled with the excitement of adventure. There are always new places to see.