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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Happy Thanksgiving!

May you and your families enjoy the beauty of this season and give thanks for all the wonderful things that surround us.

Since the Bald eagles were not around the nest at Berry College when I arrived, it seemed to be an opportunity to wander the campus.  There are some absolutely gorgeous spots here and since it is Autumn, the colors are nice right now.  I went out to see the Old Mill but stopped off on the way at this lake.

There are two lakes, built by Berry College students, on the road toward the Mountain Campus.  This one is called Mirror Lake while the larger, Swan Lake is just slightly downhill from this point.  The lakes are frequented by geese, ducks and a beautiful white swan as you can see in this image.  The sunlight off the fall colors and the reflections off the lake made for a perfect composition.

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/16 – 1/20 sec – ISO 100

So much for planning…

RMNP_May 10 2016_BearLakeBear Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park
May 10, 2016  6:15 AM

OK, I did my homework and planned out great sites for photos at RMNP.  Bear Lake is listed as a very popular site and there are many beautiful images showing reflections of the surrounding mountains in the sparkling water.  We were all ready to take the short hike up there and observe a stunning Rocky Mountain sunrise.

As it turns out, the skies were cloudy and the lake was completely frozen and covered with snow.  We passed a group of cross-country skiers on the way in and I found myself wishing for a pair of snowshoes as we tromped through the snow-covered trail.  The scene was beautiful but certainly not what I was expecting!  Guess we need to make plans to come back when its a bit warmer.

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 18-105 mm @ 18mm
3-shot bracketed exposure   ISO100
Processed with Photomatix Pro, Nik Color Effects Pro and Adobe Lightroom