It has been a beautiful, moderate, pleasant weekend for November.  Yesterday I set out for some favorite fall stops.  How far does one have to go for some fall color?  I mean, I went all the way to Acadia to see some but as Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”  Here’s that Japanese Maple in my back yard.

My Japanese Maple


Also available in a nice place mat.


I think I’ve OD’d on twilights, sunsets/rises, flowing streams, waterfalls, and waves.  So, as they used to say on Monty Python, “Now for something completely different.”

Abstraction In The Pond


Then I drove out through Valley Forge which was just perfect.  It was good to see families out enjoying it all.

Families Enjoying Valley Forge Park


Then I ran into a friend from last winter.

Whitetail Deer

Here’s the shot I took of her last winter.  You may not see her again as they’re going to thin the 1000-strong flock down to about 200 this winter.  It saddens me but I gather it’s necessary for the good of the park.

Here’s a late fall scene on a ridge overlooking the valley.

Overlooking the Valley

Then, just driving around Chester County I came across this Big Leaf Maple (I think) so bright in the afternoon sun that I turned around to go back and photograph it.  Lovely.

Big Leaf Maple


During the second week of October I attended a workshop on Mount Desert island in Maine under the guidance of two nationally renowned nature photographers and writers, Ian Plant and Richard Bernabe.  I am in awe of their work,  and one hopes that something will rub off onto a struggling wannabe. 

It has taken me since then to work through all of my shots, culling and editing down to a handful that I think are representative of the trip.   Below are some of those, and you can click here to see a few more images in one of my galleries.

Sunrises and sunsets are always an objective and we had a couple of nice ones.  Here’s dawn at Hull’s Cove along the northeast face of the island.

Dawn at Hull's Cove


This was a quiet pre-sunrise scene on a small, not yet awake harbor.

A pre-sunrise harbor scene.


Late one afternoon we headed to Cadillac Mountain to see what the sunset might provide and we were rewarded with this scenery.

Twilight on Cadillac Mountain


I’ve heard about the “rockbound coast of Maine”;  now I was able to see it, feel it, and hear it.  This scene was near Thunder Hole on the east side of the island where a nor’easter was pounding the coast.  Violent, thunderous, crashing waves.

The power of a nor'easter.


But we also encountered peaceful scenes such as this one along a stream that fell quietly away from Jordan Pond.

It was a good week for me.  I enjoyed the camraderie of a very pleasant and fun group of people, all chasing the light.  It was great to be out on my third workshop with Richard, and to meet and watch Ian at work.  I enjoyed the new scenes and their diversity.  Yes, it’s a lot of “shore” stuff and that’s what I shoot a lot and that’s what the Cape Cod week was also about.  But….they’re all unique and I enjoyed it all. 

What did I come home with besides some new images?  I developed further respect for the patience required to capture distinctive images.  I’ve been aware of this for years but it has also taken years to get it internalized.  On this trip I watched our leaders just study and study and study a scene, spending as much as an hour over a bubbling brook with a swirl of fall leaves….and then going back later to shoot it again.  It was good!

As I noted earlier, there are a few more scenes from the week at my gallery.  Click here.