Vintage Tractor

Sometimes, I have to just go back through the archives and grab something interesting.  This is one of those days when I didn’t have a brand-new image to share so I pulled this up.

The tractor shown here is from the Cotton Gin Festival in Bostwick, Georgia.  There were lots and lots of John Deere tractors but this one was different.  I’m not a farm boy so, maybe it’s not all that unusual but I don’t recall ever seeing a Minneapolis Moline tractor before.

Minneapolis-Moline was formed in 1929 as a merger between three companies: Minneapolis Steel & Machinery, Minneapolis Threshing Machine and Moline Plow.  The company produced tractors and farm machinery in the Minneapolis, MN area and Moline, IL  up until its acquisition by White Motor Co  in 1963.  The brand continued under White until 1974 when the last Minneapolis-Moline was produced.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
31mm @ f/10 – 1/60 sec – ISO 125

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Firey Fall colors

On a sunny November day you can still find some amazing light and color to brighten the landscape.  Although most of the leaves are on the ground these days, not everything has gone barren yet.  I am really enjoying the cool weather.  Not in a hurry for winter now even though Christmas is on its way!

Hope you all are getting out and enjoying this season as well.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

Blazing barberry

Most of the autumn color in the trees has faded here but there are still a number of bushes that are displaying great fall shades.  This barberry bush in my yard is covered in red, orange and yellow hues which shine in the sun.  I just had to get a shot and share this will everyone!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400

A little past the Peak

My second stop on the whirlwind photo tour this Saturday was Gibbs Gardens.  I was on my way to Big Canoe to shoot a wedding and this was so close, I just had to stop.  These gardens are always magnificent in the fall though, I missed the peak colors by about a week.  I had thought of going out the previous Sunday but the weather was pretty miserable and I put it off.

The colors were still fantastic but, the place was packed!  I could barely get through the visitor’s center to walk in and then had to squeeze through strolling groups to make my way into the heart of the gardens.  It was pure chance that I got this shot without people all over the place.  (There’s actually a family with at stroller in the distance if you look really close.)

I’m glad I took a few minutes to enjoy this before all the leaves are gone.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/9 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

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

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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

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