While hiking, I came across this lone branch glowing on the forest floor. It was off to the side of the trail, gently blowing in the breeze. Its leaves, fragile but vibrant, caught the rays of the sun, and then my eye. Over the next few weeks, they'll fall to the earth and join the others. Photographing it was a quiet moment of introspection. It's this type of interaction that allows me to connect with nature on a personal level. To isolate the leaves against the dark background, I used a 400mm lens.
After leaving the trail, I headed west, where nature's palette has changed to the warm tones of autumn. I used a 70-200mm to frame this shot along the side of the highway. It was a nice overcast day, and the light was perfectly even. I'm not sure exactly what type of tree stands in the foreground, so feel free to chime in if you know.
Over at Cherry Springs State Park, I came across a tall grove of Pine trees. I walked into the canopy and watched as they swayed gently in the wind. Some even creaked, as if they were old and brittle. The remains of several which had fallen rested by my feet. I pondered the idea that "nature has a funny way of
breaking what does not bend." It was this thought that had me reach for my Lensbaby Fisheye to enhance the appearance of the trees bending towards the sky.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir