October 2014

This fall we have been experiencing the most colourful and vivid fall shades we seen in a number of years. Having had two harsh frosts may have contributed to this unusual condition. Because of the lack of maples here, we typically see only the yellows of birch, poplar and tamarack mixed with the greens of pine, spruce and cedar. Any orange and red is usually proved by low berry bushes in the undergrowth. This season, the random maple is gloriously evident. Even a dreary day like the day these photos were taken, can be aglow.fall colours on lake shore

So for the October desktop calendar, I chose a back road scene with the full range of this season’s colour. Enjoy.free desktop calendar October 2014_1440x900

snow angel?

Just like when we were kids looking for shapes in the clouds, I love to see shapes in the piled up snow in the trees. While show-shoeing recently, I was startled to find this unusual figure. What do you see?

snow angel in forest

radiant sunset

The other evening, the air was crisp and clear, the sky clear blue and the water calm. The lake called me out from the shore. I’m glad I answered the call.

radiant sunset.jpgTo get the star light glow of the setting sun, I set the f-stop as deep (or wide – I never am sure of the technical description) as I dared (f29) and shot when the sun was brightest poking through the pine bows. I was driving the motor boat alone as I shot so I cruised as low as possible past this point of land several times to capture the sun before it disappeared over the horizon.


island at raleigh

This scene may look familiar to you. It was the foreground of moon shots I took in May.  You might even have the image as your July calendar desktop! 😉  I loved the graphic look of the trees and sky when the colour was removed from the image. I added a Radlab preset filter in Lightroom to bring out more contrast. Maybe I’ll send it out for printing…
desaturated sunset island

May moon

full may moon
This shot was taken a couple of ‘moons’ ago. The leaves were not yet on the trees.