So until there is snow, (could be anytime as it is this year), we still have fog, leaves, cool temperatures and hot tea. All right, hot chocolate as well. Really, sipping chocolate or drinking chocolate (depending on who names it) is better. Way better chocolate flavor. In any case, we are still running with the leaves and fog. All different than before, mind you, it seems we never run out of either for very long, at least around here. I took some different trails this time. As is common for this season, it was raining. The trail up the river started out pretty good, then the trail surface got to be downright rough and tumble. It looks as if it was chipped out of rock. I was glad that I wore my heavy boots. The hiking boots would not have made the trip. I use a pair of logger boots that I used to have for work. Lots of ankle support and good traction. I have had the manufacturer rebuild them a couple of times now. They still feel good when I slip my foot in. The hiking boots no longer come in narrow sizes, so my foot swims around to much. Even with extra socks. Back to the project. I found a couple of water falls, one you can walk behind. Lots of water in the air and on the ground. I had to work at keeping the camera dry, and my glasses clear enough to see the trail. It was a good day all around, still some color in the leaves and the trails are still passable. Lots of moss and beavers have not built dams on everything yet. I even managed to get a train into the shot. Always have to include some machinery.
trail starting condition
upper trail – with rocks
I suppose somewhere, someone has done a survey on favorite times of the year, and for what reasons. I didn’t research that. It’s fall. That is one of my favorite times. I love the colors, that cool weather, the fog that will soon appear in the mornings, maybe even a bit of frost from time to time. It all makes good photo material. We all get into patterns, routines, some even call them “ruts,” of what we like to do and see. This time of year changes rapidly, even dramatically, day to day. The sky, the clouds, the trees, even the people. You can watch the clothing changes as the weather changes. Most everyone bundles up to stay warm, even the dogs get sweaters (not many walk their cats) . But everyone still goes out. And that is good. As I live in the Pacific Northwest, it is damp here a lot of the year. I like what one authors comment was about this region. “The weather doesn’t change what you do, just what you wear when you do it.” So I gathered a few leaves to show off our fall. One or two have been ‘enhanced’, the rest are as the camera saw them. And, I don’t move the leaves around to make an image. I wander around until I see something I like. The colors here tend not to have as many stripes and layers as other areas, you know, patches of red and yellow, and orange all in one area. We seem to have large swatches of each color, not so much mixed together. But that’s ok. We will live with that.
As fall has brought itself upon us, we get the full effects early in the morning. You know, those foggy, damp, soggy surroundings. For me, one who likes the fog (for photos, anyway) all of this provides new subjects, even in old stomping grounds. The landscapes change as you watch, the clouds floating in and out, clearing away, then covering up again in a different pattern. When you can pause and watch, I find it fascinating. One lady’s comment was that it is “magical”. I can agree with that. I managed to find some more fencing along the way, so I added it as well. On the morning that I was here, there must have been hundred’s of crows in the area. The city is doing some work here, and the surface of one of the sections had just been reworked and leveled, getting ready to be seeded. So the crows were making their presence known for blocks around. It sounded like there was two or three times more than what was actually there. Real party time. Reminds one of the old Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Birds”. They didn’t manage to threaten any people, just each other. If you were looking for a peaceful morning, that was not the place. As with all of the other pages, click on the image to make it bigger.
This image was taken in Seattle at the first part of last November (I’m a bit behind) but I like the colors.