The crisp Fall air is disturbed only by the occasional gust that sends a cascade of brightly colored leaves pouring out of the forest. I have been working long hours and it’s well past time for a breath of fresh air so I grab a camera and meander around my property. Earlier this morning my dog “Scout” had flushed out a great blue heron out of the creek that runs through the front of my yard. I knew that after such a chastising from the porch that the odds of the large crane-like bird returning were long but I decided to give my best and venture out to the edge of the forest and see if it was there. The heron was long gone and probably stalking the Gauley River by now. I took a deep breath and drew in the scent of the fall. Fall has a sweet earthy aroma that similar to sphagnum moss but sweeter and mixed with the smoke of my closest neighbor’s fire. He’s already burning the oak that’s been curing for at least a year. I listened to sharp call of a female Cardnial keeping up with her mate in hopes that they would wander within range of my lens. The squirrels are still playing in trees but the leaves are still giving them plenty of cover to hide in. I turned my attention to the water as it flowed over the large flat sandstone bottom of the creek and fomed a shallow pool. Different shades of yellow, orange and red floated through the pool and swirled in the eddies. I decided to try for a shot o f a leaf in the water. Then the light spoke to me. It spoke in the form of swirling and flickering tones of fall leaves backlit by the autumn sun. The light told me a story of flames dancing on the water and eventually merging with the stream to become the liquid flames in the image. I love it when a photo gives me that otherworldly feel. I didn’t even really need to do much editing to this one. I simply adjusted for clarity and took out a tiny bit of noise and it instantly became one of my favorite “abstract” photos. I was so inspired by the look of the orange and yellow that I cropped it down and turned the flames upright.
Today was the last day of sunshine in North America. Tonight somewhere in the inky blackness an hour of sunshine is taken away and gives birth to the cold gray world of winter. But, I now have a fire to keep me warm until April.
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