Sunday, October 17, 2010

(Day 289) Fall extravaganza

Sat. Oct. 16, 2010

I was on a high today, well, at least all afternoon and I'm still coming down. Ok, don't worry - it was a legal high and it didn't involve drugs of any sort. I had the afternoon all to myself and decided to revisit a place where we got rained out earlier this year - Jones Falls on the Rideau Waterway.

Now I thought that the fall colours were coming to an end because the trees around here have been shedding their leaves and are almost barren. However, I was in for a wonderful surprise. You might see some sunbeams in a few photos - they were beaming down on me all afternoon. As I meandered through the woods and along the locks and little lakes, I said a little thank you to the Creator for putting on such a show for us. Perhaps if more people could/would take the time to get out and enjoy what's been made especially for us, we'd have less time and inclination to go fight each other.

I won't tell you how many photos I made but it's the reason I'm late posting tonight - I've been going through them and having to make choices. I whittled and whittled some more and I narrowed it down to the ones I posted below. In the interest of time I'm not going to post my camera settings for each photo - I used 3 lenses: 10-22mm, 18-55mm and 70-200mm and used a fairly small aperture for a larger depth of field in most cases, and I stuck to my usual ISO200.







46 comments:

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Superb fall colours! Splendid photos ;)

jasmin said...

lieber Rick, du hast den bunten Herbst dir verdient, hier bei mir sieht es nicht so farbig aus, die Blätter sind noch nicht so bunt und fallen schon,oh Übersetzung!herzliche Grüße Jasmin

darlin said...

Okay Rick, I'm totally wowed now! These are by far the most magnificent autumn photos I've seen yet! You are totally blessed to have the scenery to shoot. Am I jealous? hmmm nope, not really...I have Alberta to shoot! I just have to make the time now to get out there and take the photos. It's tough being a full time student but somehow I'm going to do it, you've totally inspired me. Oh, it must be bed time, Abbie's snoring now, too funny... 'nite Rick and awesome, totally awesome photos!

Katherine said...

Golden, gorgeous, great pictures Rick!!
Wow mother nature in Canada certainly knows how to put on a brilliant show in Autumn. You've done her justice with these photos...so beautiful!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I don't always take the time to enlarge the blog pictures,but these seemed to beg to be enlarged.Wow,the beauty is beyond words.Thanks for starting my Sunday on such a lovely note.
To God be the glory.
Blessings,Ruth

Cat/The Whimsical Gardener said...

Simply magical! I'm inspired to visit Canada!
What a lovely way to begin my Sunday. I'll remember these images today as I worship.

becky said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous & more Gorgeous!!!
Rick, I love your observation if that more people got out to experience such beauty, there would be "less time & inclination to go fight each other." I think there is some truth to that! When I'm out walking in nature & experiencing such beauty, i just feel better... more peaceful. And when I get too busy & haven't been out... I feel less centered.
Perhaps you are on to something here!
Beautiful photos & glad you had such a wonderful day!
:)

imac said...

Oh Man, Rick you son of a -----These are out of this world.
They are perfect, and I can see why it took so liong, lets have more please.

teca said...

Ah... do you want to kill me so much admiration?
What wonderful pictures, friend! What a beauty!

Thanks for sharing!
Good week. Best wishes.
I leave my hug with love.

Dawn said...

Oh WOW Rick!
These are amazing!
Incredible!
I was trying to pick a favorite...but just can't.

Stunning!

CarreraCaballo said...

I would stick to Dawn's comment - Tried to pick a favorite but well, I COULDN'T ;-)

I had my illusion glasses on though . . . :-D

Greetz,

Joseph

darlin said...

RICK.... do I have your full undivided attention? I'm attention seeking this fine Sunday early afternoon! :-) WHO IS MIKE? I want to marry that man! The photos show some fine craftsmanship and my dream house! Please tell me that Mike is single! I am totally wowed, would you believe speachless? lmao... but seriously, I am overly impressed! Can ya tell? ;-)

marty said...

tes images sont d'une beauté renversante !
le choix a du être très difficile !!
je ne connais pas le Canada mais grace à
toi I love Canada !! toutes ces couleurs,
ce soleil ! l'automne est merveilleux !
merci pour ces magnifiques images Rick !
ton blog c'est que du bonheur !!!
This is the french lesson for today !!
je t'envoie plein de bisous !

S. Etole said...

what a treasure of a place to visit and record ... beauty abounds

Julia said...

These pictures are amazing. What beautiful colours!!!

Lisa said...

Wow. Stunning view of Autum. Love each and eveyone.

Rick said...

@Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA - thank you for your comment and for visiting !

Chad said...

With scenery like that it's a wonder you ever came home. Beautiful pictures all,hard to pick a favorite. Autum is a great time of year.

Rick said...

@jasmin - we've been blessed with a beautiful fall, full of colour; I think the fact that the weather has stayed cool really helped.

Danke jasmin und viele Grüße !!

Rick said...

@darlin - wow, you must really be burning that post-midnight oil !

Thank you for your kind words. I recall beautiful scenes too in Alberta in the fall, especially the larches in Larch Valley, near Moraine Lake ! Carpe diem, or you'll be shooting winter photos !

Scott said...

W O W!!! Every one a treasure. I am just in awe of these beautiful autumn photos.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wow, such beautiful colors. Alabama has seen so little rain in the last couple of months that the trees are just drying up without much color to show. I've enjoyed looking at yours. Thanks for sharing.

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine ! I have a feeling that yesterday was the last gasp for the colours of autumn. We now await the cold with bated breath.

Have a great week !

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - Ruth, thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave an encouraging comment. I'm glad that this reflection of his creation brought you joy this morning. I pray that you and Jake will have a good and peaceful week.

Rick said...

@Cat/The Whimsical Gardener - thank you Cat; sometimes the cooler climate delivers colourful blessings such as these - early to mid-October is just the right time to visit !

Rick said...

@becky - thank you Becky ! That's the feeling I get - and I think thousands of people should get that opportunity. Can you image how inner city gang kids would feel if they could truly experience that !

Rick said...

@imac - thank you mac; perhaps I'll have to pull some out and post during the winter - just as a reminder of how lovely it can be.

Rick said...

@teca - LOL ! Thank you teca - so much beauty it had to be shared !

Aqueça abraços e beijos !

Rick said...

@Dawn - thank you ! I had a hard time just picking these - there were so many opportunities there for great photos. I felt like I had died and gone to photographer's heaven ! ;-)

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - LOL Joseph ! Thank you. Did you try turning any upside down ?

Rick said...

@darlin - LOL !! Mike is my son - he designs kitchens, bathrooms and other areas as his profession. You got an unintended sneak preview of his renovations - I was working on a draft web site for him but it wasn't ready for prime time. Soon.

Oh, by the way, he's happily married and has a son - sorry :(

darlin said...

I wouldn't have known this unless I asked! LOL He does some amazing work, you must be one proud papa! I don't know why I went to see your post through your main page and found that site, but I did and I'm glad I did. Now if I ever build my dream home I know who I want to do the kitchen, and the living room, and the bathroom, and the bedrooms, and the family room... lol

Rick said...

@marty - merci beaucoup encore marty ! So much beauty around us - a blessing to be able to do it. You see more of Canada, I see more of France (and Belgium !) - it's a great exchange.

Ok - je t'envoie plein de bisous aussi; see - copy & paste ;-)

And have a wonderful week !

Rick said...

@S. Etole - it truly does ! Once can only imagine what heaven will look like !

Rick said...

@Julia - thank you for visiting and commenting Julia !

Rick said...

@Lisa - thanks for dropping by and your kind words, Lisa.

Rick said...

@Chad - thank you; I did eventually have to 'tear' myself away, although I did stop a few more times on the way home - got my sunset photo for Sunset Sunday that way.

Welcome back.

Rick said...

@darlin - yep, he`s come a long way - started off working in the shop building those dream kitchens, but he`s always been a creative sort and got tired of doing the same old. Got an opportunity to start designing about 18 months ago and has designed over $1M worth of kitchens, bathrooms, etc so far this year.

I`m starting to do some photography of his work - we`ll see where it goes.

darlin said...

Wow, I can see the talent! That's awesome to have this skill, and with his skill of designing and your skill of shooting the photos I can see nothing but positive come out of this!

Rick said...

@darlin - I`ll let you know how it goes - thanks for the encouragement !

joey said...

Autumn stunning, Rick ... love the reflections.

Rick said...

@joey - thank you joey; awesome time of year, isn't it !

Here I Am/Carrie said...

these photos would make anyone high. What amazing color. Love everyone.. Thanks for sharing your amazing walk amist the colors of orange. Carrie

Leslie said...

This looks like a heavenly place. I can see why you had such a hard time choosing the photos - I find it hard to pick a favorite even from these few! But I think #1,#2, and #5, and I love the curve of the railing in # 8.

Rick said...

@Here I Am/Carrie - thank you Carrie; I appreciate your kind words. It was an awesome day.

Rick said...

@Leslie - it is a gorgeous place - easy to spend the day there! I have many beautiful photos - and memories - of the fall. Thank you.