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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Cherry Blossoms

Last weekend, on my trip to Gibbs Gardens with the North Georgia Photo Club, the cherry trees were in bloom and making us all appreciate the Spring season.  It may have been a little past the peak for these but there were certainly lots of beautiful white flowers showing.

If I had to guess, I would say that the walkways of Gibbs will be covered with Cherry blossom petals this weekend.  That’s OK since I have noticed that the azaleas are bursting out around the area so, it will probably be their turn to give the gardens some color.  It really is a great pleasure to visit Ball Ground through the seasons and see what is putting on a show at the moment.  Will have to get back up there soon.

Cherry Trees at Gibbs Gardens

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/13 –  1/400 sec – ISO 400

Chattahoochee fog

Last week offered some interesting weather to try to photograph.  The week started with the rainy, foggy weather you see here and ended with ice and snow.  Oh well, it’s supposed to be into the 70’s this week.  This is change of seasons in Atlanta – the season changes every day!

This view is actually from the new River Walk boardwalk near the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  It is a very nice walk which I expect will be great to explore as the seasons actually change over the year.

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
22mm @ f/16 –  1/25 sec – ISO 400

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

Autumn at Berry College

I know I have been complaining about there being a lack of fall color but there definitely is some out there.  This is a clearing in the woods below the Old Mill on the Berry College campus.  Once again, I have to be thankful that the eagles were away from the nest when I arrived.  If they had been around, I would not have gone wandering the campus and might have missed this totally.  Happy accidents are pretty cool.

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

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
17mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Tree Seeds

I found these seed pods and seeds on a walkway next to Bulloch Hall in Roswell.  I think this is from a cypress tree but I’m not definitely sure on that.

I was really attracted by the spiky exterior of the seed pod and then I saw the seeds themselves as they had been scattered when the pod bust open.  I brought a few home to do a little macro work and capture this detail of nature.  To give you an idea of size on this, one of the fully-opened seed pods is about the size of a penny.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/18 –  1/3 sec – ISO 100

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