Returning season, new location, same fascination

My favorite time of year has swung around again and although the big life event of moving to a new state has progressed from spring through summer to now, suddenly the whole change feels official.  The feeling of autumn brings closure, cementing yet another decision of the road taken.

Fall is that transition period that gives a feeling of movement, from the long, lazy days where summer implies anything can be done but not right now into the crisp winter season serving to wrap up the year.  The outdoor world that seemed so stable and steady through summer now becomes a dynamic place of changing colors, textures and odors, moving toward the static pause of winter.

I don’t know how weather impacts fall color but this year it seems the colors are emerging brightly and steadily.  A grove of trees one day looks promising with a tinge of color and then a couple of days later a glance in that direction reveals a tapestry of subtle gradations of color from vivid to subdued, green to yellow to red.  Paying attention is important this time of year, not only to see the compositions that delight but to ensure being there at just the right “color” time.

Here are a few scenes from my first Wisconsin autumn – I’m looking forward to exploring this season more while here.

ISO 100, 35mm, 1/40 sec., f/2.2

ISO 100, 35mm, 1/40 sec., f/2.2

ISO 200, 35mm, 1/25 sec., f/2

ISO 200, 35mm, 1/25 sec., f/2

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/50 sec., f/3.5

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/50 sec., f/3.5

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/30 sec., f/4

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/30 sec., f/4

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/160 sec., f/2

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/160 sec., f/2

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/40 sec., f/3.2

ISO 100, 50mm, 1/40 sec., f/3.2

ISO 100, 90mm, 1/20 sec., f/2.2

ISO 100, 90mm, 1/20 sec., f/2.2

 

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8 thoughts on “Returning season, new location, same fascination

  1. Fall is my favorite time of the year too. I love how you have highlighted so beautifully some of the small details that make the changing colors so spectacular. I am always tempted to try to capture the broad swathes of color and usually am disappointed by the results. I really like the composition and colors of your penultimate photo–it simply and powerfully speaks to me of this new season.

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    • Thanks, Mike. I too am tempted by the grand fall landscape but have found the more intimate look gives a better sense of the season. Those grand landscapes seem more striking when seen from some altitude, a challenge for most of the country.

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  2. I am so with you on this, Mel. I always feel more alive this time of year. Good things happen. Colors, colors, colors. Gorgeous Photos.

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