Another view of Lake Brantley

It was a bit cloudy on this Saturday morning but the view of the lake was great none the less.  I posted a shot that centered on the fall foliage colors previously.  This view has some of the color but also shows the foreground and the surrounding trees that are still green.  I bet if we returned this week, most of the trees on the left side would be showing brighter colors and some of the ones on the right will have dropped their leaves.

The autumn peak seems like it will be gone quickly. The spots that first showed color in the ornamental maples are starting to look bare.  More leaves on the ground than on the trees.  Better get out and enjoy before it’s too late!

Lake Brantley
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Rutledge, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 400

#HardLaborCreekStatePark #Georgia #LakeBrantley #Autumn #landscape #colorful #leaves #WithMyTamron

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Drip, drip, drip

Yes, we have had some rainy weather but there is still a lot of beautiful stuff to see.  This is an isolated shot of a raindrop at the tip of a dogwood leaf.  I was attracted by the water but the combination of detail in the leaf and the great bokeh of the fall colors in the surrounding area is what made this for me.

Nature is forever giving amazing sights for those who take the time to look.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
140mm @ f/10 – 1/400 sec – ISO 800

Georgia Cotton

On our visit to Bostwick, Georgia for the Cotton Gin Festival, we walked to and from our daughter’s home to the center of town.  Along the way there were of course, patches of cotton.  Most of these are fairly small, backyard farms but this was once the mainstay of the area.  The King Cotton company had been the economic driver of this area for many years.  Today, it is just a reminder of the agricultural past.

Cotton field
Bostwick, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/610 – 1/640 sec – ISO 125

 

About to drip

We went very quickly from Summer to Autumn around here.  The recent rains really bring out the colors but also knock down alot of the leaves.  The ground is carpeted with them now but, I hope we will continue to see the beautiful colors for a while.

I wish we could get a commitment on what season it is.  Should have a cold snap the next couple of days but, it could be warm and sunny quickly after that.  I guess I should enjoy what fall weather we have since it will look like winter before we know it!

Maple trees after a rain
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/10 – 1/160 sec – ISO 800

Sparkling Raindrops

Some much needed rain fell this weekend and continues to make the fall scenery a bit wet.  I am not happy with the cloudy periods but when the sun breaks through, there are some really spectacular sights.

This nandina bush is heavy with little red berries and the raindrops hang from the ends of the bunches.  When you can get a view of the sun behind these drops, there are fantastic starbursts that shine off the edges.  This is a natural effect and not something added by a filter.  It is really neat to see.

Nandina berries after a rain
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/10 – 1/125 sec – ISO 800

Hard Labor Creek State Park

On our way out to Bostwick this weekend, we passed through Hard Labor Creek State Park.  From the roadside, we saw some beautiful fall color and then this lake came into view.  Spectacular reflections of brilliant leaves and beautiful blue sky screamed out “Pull Over”, so we did.  The Autumn season has suddenly burst forth in the area and this was a great time to take it in.

Lake Brantley
Hard Labor Creek State Park
Rutledge, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/6.3 – 1/160 sec – ISO 400

#HardLaborCreekStatePark #Georgia #LakeBrantley #Autumn #landscape #colorful #leaves #WithMyTamron

Cotton Gin Festival

Yesterday was just perfect for going to a fall festival in the country.  Since my daughter and son-in-law have moved out to Bostwick, we have been looking forward to going for the Cotton Gin Festival.  The little town of Bostwick is about half-way between Athens (which was packed with Georgia Bulldog fans yesterday) and I-20.  It owes most of it’s growth to the establishment of the King Cotton company which was the primary business here for a long time.

The Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival began to save the Susie Agnes Hotel in the late 80’s. Thanks to local residents, money was raised to purchase the hotel from a private owner and restoration began. The festival centers around an operating cotton gin, tractor parade, arts and crafts and live music.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 100