I'm sure I'm not the only one noticing that, here in California, the vibrant green color we got from the big December storm is slowly fading into more yellows and browns. This recent warm weather seems to be accelerating the process. Although, while I most prefer the season change from summer to fall, I can still appreciate a nice mixed array of springtime color as well. Especially if it makes a nice photograph.
"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own."
There's an area not too far from my house that is absolutely beautiful, but for whatever reason I just don't visit often. Thankfully a friend introduced me to this incredible hiking trail, which was stunning enough from ground level, but as my drone climbed high into the air, everything changed.
"One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before."
I'm not sure if this happens to everyone, but my brain tends to create metaphors from things I see in nature. This tree trunk, for example. It's gnarly, and knobby, and not what I would consider to be an ideal foundation, but that didn't prevent it from growing tall and strong and taking up a commanding position on top of the hill. My brain: "even though there may be flaws in the foundation, that doesn't mean you can't build something really impressive on top of it."
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books."
The weather has been gorgeous here in Northern California lately, but the intense sunlight is actually not ideal for photography; low-light is much more preferred. For that reason I haven't been shooting a ton lately. But yesterday was cool and cloudy and lovely, so I went on a hike to see what I'd find. I did discover some really beautiful landscapes, but this reflection scene is the one that excited me most.
"If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph."