Glow Over Chalk Cliffs

A winter break is in order and I will be signing off of blogging and social media until the first of the new year. I need a break to gather thoughts and work on my craft. My winters are usually a time of change, and when I emerge from this one, I’d like to know which direction I’ll be heading. I love the interaction that social media provides. I can browse through a Facebook or Google+ stream and be inspired, learn something new, and stay up to date with loved ones as well. But it does consume minutes and hours and with so few hours of daylight, my time seems very compressed during this part of the year. I have so many items on my to-do list right now and it is just time to get to work. I have lighting to learn, projects to piece together, and a business that needs some direction. I have a crapload of photos on my hard drive that need some organizational attention. I want to study – really study – the work of some of the photographers I consider masters of their craft. These are all things I have put off for these darker winter months and I am simply ready to get down to it.

 

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

 

I’ll be back invading your streams in the near future, hopefully with some worthwhile things to share.

 

For now, a photo of a dawn near the Chalk Cliffs of Mount Princeton, an October or so ago. I really miss the mountains and hope that 2014 affords me the chance to get back west.

 

 

The Chalk Cliffs at the base of Mount Princeton

After The Rain, We Forget

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.

 

 

Ogle Lake on a rainy autumn morning in Brown County State Park

 

The Last Smiles of the Year Upon The Tawny Leaves

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

-Jane Austen – Persuasion

 

For my best friend, who could not share the walk with me, yet was near to me all the way…

 

The pathway around Strahl Lake in Brown County State Park

Aspen Cluster

As autumn comes to this area, I can’t help but remember Colorado last year. Around this time we were on our way. The highlight of fall color there was Mueller State Park. In Colorado, it is as much according to the elevation as to the time of year as to where you’ll see great color. This park was just about right if just a little past its prime. The yellow of the aspens was the predominate color here.

 

Aspen trunks and their fallen leaves - Mueller State Park