Yes still in the Utah mountains. i love the contrast of textures in this image. some may argue that it would look better if i cropped out more of the background. well, i chose to keep it in because i like the juxtaposition of intense up against the out of focus, soft, flat light even though the sun was brilliant of the background trees. i like the incongruity the softness running up against the firey, crisp maple leaves and almost black branches. i've never captured something like this before where the captured light is low and high contrast in one frame and all the better for it.
Don't worry, it's fine with me if it makes you shrug or yawn.
This was literally caught on the fly... i was driving home and saw this out of the passenger side window. At the first wide spot in the road i hung a quick u-turn. Thankfully there were no other cars on the road my window was down the light was amazing. i rammed the stiff clutch to the floor and braked the truck to a crawl grabbed the camera and fired off 3 frames and, managed to stay on the right side of the road!
then i grabbed this framed image of the same tree a few yards further down the road:
there are a few pockets in the mountains of this Utah valley where autumn colors appear and catch the breath. The aspens higher on the face of the mountain are yellow but down here, the maples sing out. i'm not sure what the yellow trees are, here i could not get close to one to see and my weakness is the names of trees which is odd since they mean so much to me.
i felt a tad guilty while driving this road alone because back down in the valley everyone was bustling about preparing for the wedding party. But it seemed like everything was under control for those few hours and i chose to remember that "my best boy" (one of the many endearments heaped upon his fair head) who is now a man and has been for many good years will consider these images a gift.
He has his father's heart and then some. i am proud to nearly bursting to report that he is the kindest, most gentle and caring man i have been blessed to know.
So, here you are, dear Jon i know you will remember the time we drove this road together i know that it may be awhile before you see these but that when you do, you will love knowing i caught them just for you.
Last week i traveled west to the Rocky Mountains to celebrate dear Jon's wedding to his Dawn. i made sure i had time for a visit to the canyons. It seems appropriate to post this one first of Bridal Veil Falls.
i have chosen not to "Photoshop out" the humans who have climbed to the midway point where the top portion of the falls spill into a pool thinking it would give a sense of scale however, i'm not sure you can see them in this small version even though one of them is wearing a red shirt.
sorry about the soft resolution. i'm not sure why but it seems that an image this size is difficult to translate into this blogging format but i couldn't resist posting this in honor of the occasion.
During one of our pre-wedding conversations Jon pointed out that i've not been posting much lately my apologies and, yes i have more to share from the west and an accumulated pile from the garden, so watch for more postings from this point on.