I’m very pleased to share with my friends that my image (below) was selected as one of twenty-five finalists in Outdoor Photographer Magazine’s 2012 American Landscape Photo Contest:

This image was made on an October morning while shooting on a fall foliage field trip, visiting a number of locations in southwest Vermont.  Our guide was the distinguished nature photographer, Joseph Rossbach, who is also a writer for Outdoor Photographer and other publications.

The Chittenden Reservoir was our destination for both early morning and twilight views.  In addition to the reservoir there is an associated pond, Lefferts Pond.  The reservoir and the pond provided a number of beautiful locations and scenes, from the morning lifting of the night’s mists to the dewdrops on a spider web on a trail bridge, to the melancholy tones of twilight.  All were made more dramatic and appealing by the fall colors.

This is one of my all-time favorite scenes.  It is one of moving simplicitly and serenity, contemplative, encouraging stillness and meditation.  The image is anchored by the subtle splash of color on the little island.  I think it’s saying “Pay no attention to the mists; life will be all right later.”

For this scene I tried a number of frames, some with a wider view, and some narrower, even down to the near shore pebbly bottom under cloud reflections.   Some other images from that field trip (including that dewy spider web)  can be seen by clicking here.   The reservoir and Leffert’s Pond can be seen on a map by clicking here.

The winners and other finalists of the 2012 American Landscape competition can be seen by clicking here.


  1. Bonnie Rovere Says:

    That is so wonderful! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!!

  2. denisebushphoto Says:

    Congratulations Ralph — how wonderful! You already know how I feel about this image — it is still a WOW!

  3. Terry Wilson Says:

    Congratulations! I just love that image.

  4. Karen Says:

    Beautiful. Congratulations!

  5. Linda Kamholz Says:

    I’ve loved that image since you first showed it at the club.
    Bravo, Ralph!

  6. Julie Basello-Holt Says:

    Great job, Ralph! Excited for you!

  7. Del Cannon Says:

    Great picture. It looks a lot like the small island on 2nd Roach pond where we all camped in younger days. I think I hear a loon.

  8. Linda Hollinger Says:

    Congratulations Ralph!! Beautiful image!!

  9. Sally Vennel Says:

    Congratulations, Ralph – lovely simple image with relaxing mood.

  10. MikeP Says:

    Big standing CLAP…. what a prestigious group you are included in. That truly evokes calm and beauty. Taken in the perfect light. Heads up, you got my vote on the OP site.

  11. Diane Morton Says:

    That is terrific Ralph!! What a beautiful and peaceful image. Best of luck to you – but you shouldn’t need any luck with such a lovely work!

  12. Claire Says:

    How special! What a wonderful “next stage of life” you have created for yourself – Best of luck! Claire

  13. Marilyn Flagler Says:

    What an artist! All the pictures are gorgeous. Marilyn F.

  14. Linda Hollinger Says:

    Just voted for you! good luck!

  15. Kathleen Lapergola Says:

    How wonderful Ralph, this is a gorgeous image!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Nancy Deal Says:

    Your’s is the most beautiful.

    Nancy Deal

  17. Jeanne and Tom Says:

    Just got online and saw your wonderful photograph. It’s an amazing and thoughtful picture.
    Congratulations and we’ll keep our fingers crossed. You deserve the win.

    Tom and Jeanne

  18. Pat Worley' Says:

    congratulations! Beautiful!

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