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

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Buds ‘n Berries

Autumn presents color in many forms.  It has not been very visible in the leaves so far but there are lots of red berries in evidence now.  The dogwood trees look a little distressed when you view the leaves but the iconic berries are bright and beautiful.

I pushed the contrast and detail on the processing here to make this more of a graphic image.  Liked the way the lighting makes them jump out and scream for attention.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.4 sec – ISO 200

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Lily pond reflections

As beautiful as the perfect pink lilies are, it was the ripples in the water that really caught my eye here.  The yellow and green stripes in the water just brought out the light and movement as the surface of the water was touched by a light wind.

I could have zoomed in more on the flowers but the water was just as interesting in this case.  I’m not sure everyone would agree with my choice here but this was the scene that I found most appealing.  That each of us can see different things when looking at nature is one of the things that makes it always appealing.  On my next visit, I’m sure I will see another aspect that captures my attention.  What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Old Mill from a different angle

I love to see the Old Mill with reflections off of the mill-pond but this is another nice view.  The pond flows off down the hill, under the road that runs past the mill.  This is a what it looks like from that vantage point.  The stone wall adds a nice foreground even if you don’t get the reflections from here.

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/18 – 1/40 sec – ISO 400

Switch Grass

Another macro of nature in autumn explores the change of seasons in the passing of plants from green to brown.  The light and detail on this switch grass caught my eye.  I love the patterns on the little leaves and how the sun was back lighting the plant.  It was hard to find a time that the wind was not blowing things around but it calmed down now and then.

Bulloch Hall
180 Bulloch Avenue
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/13 sec – ISO 100

Old Mill in Autumn

 

Another happy accident when at Berry College.  My trip was intended to be for the purpose of seeing the Bald eagle nest but I also got the reward of seeing the Old Mill with autumn colors.  We had been out to see the campus back in June and this was a nice scene then.  With the beautiful colors in the trees it is even better!

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
21mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Acorns and nuts

I don’t think I’ve seen a neon-green nut like this before. Must not have been looking!

I found this green-shelled nut in front of Barrington Hall along with these acorns and lots of other interesting bits of autumn.  I’m not sure what plant produced this bumpy little ball but the color and texture caught my eye.  I placed these on a rock near the front entrance of the hall where the morning light was falling.

If anyone knows what the little green ball is, fill me in on that.  Until that time, I put this in the category of interesting things that we usually miss because we aren’t looking.

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Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/29 –  1/25 sec – ISO 100