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

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Golden Maple

The trees in my neighbor’s yard are always beautiful in the fall.  I grabbed an image of one of these yellow beauties as the sun shone through it.  Autumn is my favorite time for nature photography.  Hoping for much more to come!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 200

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Maple and Dogwood

I had to go find the maple leaf but the dogwood tree is right in my own backyard.  Late afternoon light provided the stark contrast and nice shadows.  The trees are finally showing some color so, maybe I will get the chance to capture some nice autumn scenery this weekend.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/22 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #maple #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

That’s not my leaf

This arrangement is my attempt to copy Mike Moats in combining leaves with interesting tree bark as a background.  Many of the fabulous shots that Mike shows use birch trees which are not plentiful around here.  There are however, many sweet gum trees in the Atlanta area so, that’s what I went with.  Putting this vibrant red maple leaf on the surface of the gum tree made a nice composition.

It may not be a smooth white backdrop with curls of paper-thin bark peeling up but there is plenty of texture and contrast.  It works for me!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 400

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #maple #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

Seasons changing

In Atlanta, there is never a single change of season.  The seasons change constantly when Spring or Autumn come around.  We go through all 4 seasons in a week, sometimes even in a day.  Right now, we have been blessed with some autumnal weather.  The night can be in the 40’s and the days are cool but pleasant.  Of course, it may be back in the 80’s any time now but, it’s great for the moment.

The plants really have no idea what season it is either.  Here’s an example of the mixed up seasons.  My hydrangea bush is putting out new leaves and has beautiful blue blossoms on it.  At the same time, the ornamental maples that are all over around here are about half-way turned to fall colors.  I thought putting them together would give a nice contrast and show what a wide variety there is in this area right now.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/4 sec – ISO 200

Helicopters

2017 has certainly started out with some weather that is tough to find photographic inspiration out of!  It has been anywhere from dark and dreary to foggy to dripping wet from rain.  Still, there are always things to see if you look for them.  This image shows a few Maple tree seeds (helicopters) still hanging on in the winter.

We went out to explore the newest addition to the River Walk along the Chattahoochee on Monday.  There is a beautiful board walk that cuts the corner from Riverside Drive to Wileo Road.  The walk crosses over the wetlands that sit on that corner and are populated by many geese, ducks and other birds.  You can park along Riverside Drive at the play area and walk across to the opposite end just across from the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

It was a bit wet and raw when we took our walk but well worth it.  I will have to make a regular trip out here as there is also an eagles nest at the Nature Center.  We heard the eagles calling but have not seen them yet so, I will keep trying.

Roswell River Walk
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400