Wednesday, September 29, 2010

(Day 272) Fall reflections

I have a favourite place to go where I can (almost) get lost in the woods and which, fortunately, is also quite nearby. It's a place where you're unlikely to encounter many, if any, people.You can wander about, lost in thoughts, camera in hand and see an almost pristine environment.

I think formerly, before the word took on a negative connotation, it would have been called a swamp. Now it's known as a wetland, but it isn't managed, as yet. There are no signed paths and I suspect very few people are even aware of its existence - I wasn't till I found it by accident after I'd lived here for 5 years ! I like it that way.

I drove down the one lane 'unmanaged, use at own risk' road, parked, and wandered about this afternoon. A great place for reflections and reflecting. I couldn't keep all the images to myself.

(70-200mm  f11  1/15 sec  ISO200)


(18-55mm  f11  1/125 sec  ISO200)



(18-55mm  f11  1/60 sec  ISO200)

36 comments:

chasity said...

thank you for sharing your magical place...
i won't tell a soul~promise.

:)

the photos are magnificent. i can only imagine how lovely and peaceful it must be in real life with the sounds and smells added into the mix.

lovely.

Scott said...

Oh how beautiful. You are getting a gorgeous fall up there and you are capturing it in all its glory.

Photog Ave said...

I love swamplands.

Shot one-lovely.

['ô ] Avery

lynnekovan.com said...

Gorgeous shots. There's no light here in the UK at the moment, so am missing the colours. Just rain and mist. I think I'll come and join you in your forest!

jasmin said...

oh .... the first photo is really beautiful, as you have done without getting wet, with my mushrooms I was in the dress on the belly in the sun, dearest greetings Jasmine ..... sorry for the translation, liebe Grüße Jasmin

darlin said...

Wow, your special place sounds and looks like a wee little piece of heaven! Astounding shots, I love the colors you've captured!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing beauty.

joey said...

Lovely, Rick. You are way ahead of us as far as fall color!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Geezzz wonderful colors. Thanks for sharing Rick.

Hope said...

what a beautiful and very quite place to be..
its always nice when we can find peace and solitude.. but when we can capture that feeling.. its amazing and gives us that soft and special feeling with in..
thank you for filing my day with beauty..
hope your day is one as well..

CarreraCaballo said...

I would also like to "almost" get lost there!

Greetz,

Joseph

PhotoShotsLA said...

Great Photos Rick keep up the good work

Rick said...

@chasity - thank you Chas ! We're so blessed to live out here with all the beauty around us - although beauty can be found everywhere in this creation. And this place is even better when it's shared with kindred souls.

Rick said...

@Scott - thank you Scott ! I heard my first flock of geese leaving for a warmer climate today - another sign.

Rick said...

@Photog Ave - thanks Avery; I think they're very interesting places - I visit this place often, and we do have others nearby also.

Rick said...

@lynnekovan.com - thanks for stopping by Lynne; you'd feel right at home here today - poured all day ! But if it stops tomorrow, come on over !

Rick said...

@jasmin - thank you Jasmine; I stayed off the ground for the most part, although I do carry a few plastic bags that come in handy when it's wet out - you're lucky you had sun.

btw - the translation is fine.

Rick said...

@darlin - thanks Darlene; it's like my own little retreat (I have a lot of those around here). Autumn is coming on strong and it won't be long before all the leaves are gone and we'll be California Dreamin' - or more likely, Florida.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - in the 'simple' things in nature.

Rick said...

@joey - thank you joey. I hope that being ahead for autumn doesn't mean we'll be ahead for winter too ;-)

Rick said...

@Barefoot from Heaven - thanks Dag - the pleasure was all mine.

Rick said...

@Hope - thank you Hope; I'm glad you enjoyed them as much as I did in having the opportunity to walk around and make them. I hope you're well-rested from looking after your grandson !

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - just follow me - I don't know where I'm going either ;-)

Rick said...

@PhotoShotsLA - thanks for your comment and for following !

marty said...

well Rick, we have the same weather and the
same leaves in France !! your images are
beautiful ! the woods are nice even if it rains !! bisous d'automne !

Juan Antonio Torrón Castro said...

Preciosas imágenes, muy logradas.

Saludos.

S. Etole said...

autumn is such a wonderful time to view through the lens of a camera ....

Mamuchi said...

bellas en color, reflejos, encuadres y profundidad

Rick said...

@marty - yes, I agree - fall still is beautiful, even in the rain ! Your photos of it were lovely.

Bisous marty !

Rick said...

@Juan Antonio Torrón Castro - gracias tanto Juan !

Rick said...

@S. Etole - agreed; wonderful scenes everywhere, but carpe diem, because too soon they're gone.

Rick said...

@Mamuchi - muchas gracias !

Katherine said...

It's wonderful that you have so many beautiful places around you Rick where you can lose yourself for a little bit & just be with your own thoughts. It truly is a lovely spot & you've captured it so beautifully in your shots. Nice!!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine; I am truly blessed to be living in a place like this and the beauty is awe-some, but it is fleeting.

Have an awe-some week yourself !

Krista said...

Oh, I love that top shot! I really enjoy finding great places by accident like that, too! :o)

Rick said...

@Krista - thanks Krista - I have so many photo ops there and I was there again today, but always something different !