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Autumn Light

One of the many things I love about Autumn is the spectacular and dramatic late afternoon light.

Yesterday, my husband and I went for a walk at neighboring Rose Tree Park and were treated not only to glorious light, but also really interesting cloud formations. After a little research, I think they were either altocumulus or cirrocumulus clouds. This combination was sure to create beautiful imagery. Unfortunately, I did not have my Nikon D600 with me, so I had to capture what I could with my iPhone 6S.

Photographing in the late afternoon Autumn light can be challenging due to the long shadows. Instead of trying to figure out how to lose our shadows, we decided to have fun with them, and include them in the photos!

Some people find Autumn depressing because everything appears to be “dying” and it means Winter is near. However, being an outdoor photography enthusiast, I appreciate the rich Fall colors, and the warm late afternoon light.

 

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Because I’m a science and nature geek, I’m including information on the Seasons, the Equinox, and the Solstices.

 

 

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Fall Foliage 2016

It’s that time of year again in the Northeast. Daylight is waning. The weather is cooling down. The squirrels are gathering their nuts. The chipmunks are ubiquitous, running around and loudly chirping. Deer, who are mating and migrating during this time, unwittingly become road hazards. Canadian geese are flying South as are many avian species. We humans are celebrating the harvest. We’re also swapping out our Spring and Summer clothes for Fall and Winter. The weather is bipolar between hot and cold– one day you’re wearing a coat, and the next, you’re in the basement digging through your recently put away clothing boxes, for a short sleeved blouse. Pumpkins–they’re everywhere, as are Chrysanthemums. It’s apple picking season, and time for apple pie, apple sauce, apple cider, apple butter, candied apples, baked apples, well, you know the rest. And, yes, it’s time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

The best thing of all, however, is the Fall Foliage. The brilliant colors displayed by trees when they are deprived of chlorophyll. It’s leaf-peeping season! And, following is a look at the Fall Foliage in our area.

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Fall Foliage at Rose Tree Park

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Spotted: Some tall people in the park!

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They’re following us!

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I love the late afternoon Autumn light!

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Ridley Creek State Park Foliage

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One of many Maple Trees.

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I love the color contrasts!

 

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This is Autumn? This is not normal!

My Journal from My Travels in Nepal

Today I had reason to open the box containing some of my most prized possessions–you know, the items you might take with you when asked to evacuate–my travel journals. As I picked up each one, and turned the pages, memories came flooding back. In particular I spent a lot of time browsing through the pages of my journal from my travels in Nepal and India (1998-1999). This was the last extended, independent journey I would take. I went “backpacking” for 4 months through Nepal and India, including a challenging and amazing trek in the Himalayas. Below are but a few of the notes from my trek.

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Driving around here is dangerous this this time of year, due to Fall foliage rubbernecking. I’m very grateful to have moved to this area, for so many reasons, but the change of seasons is high on the list. The colorful and subsequent apparent death of the vegetation in the Fall, and then rebirth in the Spring, seems almost miraculous to me. It is miraculous.

So, I thought I’d dust off the cobwebs on my blog by posting some Fall Foliage images. It appears that the foliage is at its peak at the moment here in the Southeastern corner of Pennsylvania. And, the colors this year are vibrant!

Fall Foliage 2015 in SE Pennsylvania

Fall Foliage 2015 in SE Pennsylvania

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Spring Blossoms

It occurred to me today, that Spring is almost over and I haven’t posted any photos of Spring blossoms. It also occurred to me that I’ve neglected my blog. So, I thought I’d rectify both issues at once with a blog post of Spring images. Prepare yourselves for some color!

After the harsh Winter we had this year, it was a relief to see the Crocus sprouting, the first signs of Spring.

Purple Crocus

Purple Crocus

Yellow Wildflowers in early Spring

Yellow Wildflowers in early Spring

The First Daffodil

The First Daffodil

White Star Magnolia

White Star Magnolia

Red and Yellow Tulip

Red and Yellow Tulip

Tulips

Tulips

Forsythia

Forsythia

Abstract Forsythia

Abstract Forsythia

Pink Magnolia

Pink Magnolia

Cherry Blossoms against saturated blue sky

Cherry Blossoms against saturated blue sky

Pink Rhododendrons

Pink Rhododendrons

Photo 'Painting' of Rhododendrons

Photo ‘Painting’ of Rhododendrons

Close up of a Pink Rhododendron

Close up of a Pink Rhododendron

More Rhododendrons!

More Rhododendrons!

Zoomed Pink Rhododendrons

Zoomed Pink Rhododendrons

I lived in the tropics and sub-tropics for 20 years before moving up here to the Philadelphia suburbs. So, having 4 distinct seasons was a novelty for me. Every year I find it amazing how quickly the vegetation grows back in, during Spring. Right now, our recent harsh Winter is nearly…forgotten!

The 9/11 Memorial Site: A Photo Essay

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to pay honor to the 9/11 victims by visiting the Memorial site at the World Trade Center. Despite not knowing any of the victims or families, the tragedy still gives me a feeling of deep sorrow, as I’m sure it does for most of us. After all, we were all affected by this in one way or another. I’ve also been captivated by the stories of heroism during and after the tragedy.

Following are some images from the 9/11 Memorial, taken mostly at the South Pool area. For those who haven’t yet made the homage, I hope it conveys a little bit of a sense of what it’s like to be there.

The new World Trade Center

The new World Trade Center, rising up from the ashes.

The Memorial South Pool

An international crowd pays homage.

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The Memorial South Pool

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To learn more about the 9/11 Memorial visit: http://www.911memorial.org

A Side Trip to Marble, Colorado

What is the connection between the Lincoln Memorial and a small town embedded in the Colorado Rocky Mountains? Marble. Parts of the historic monument were sculpted out of said stone from the Colorado Yule Marble Company located in Marble, Colorado, an outpost at 7,950 feet (2424 meters), 40 miles south of Glenwood Springs.

The 25 acre site of the former processing mill is now a National Historic Landmark and makes for an interesting side trip from the more well trodden areas in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Colorado Yule Marble Company was founded in 1905 and its Yule marble was considered to be of the highest quality in its class. Although access to the actual quarry is prohibited, visitors are welcome to walk around and explore the ruins (at their own risk), and check out the large blocks of marble.

While this excursion would not be a priority for the first time visitor to the area, my husband, Ashton, and I found it to be a pleasant day trip. We have visited this part of Colorado many times and have enjoyed much that it has to offer including hiking, biking, river rafting, general exploring, the spectacular views, skiing, shopping, and dining. So, while visiting family in Carbondale last year, we heard about Marble and decided to go for a scenic drive.

We headed South on highway 133, West of Mt. Sopris (12,965 feet / 3,953 meters) and the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness area, part of the Elk Mountain Range. Photography opportunities abound and it took us a while to reach the junction with state road 3, up to our destination, in the heart of the mountains. The roads parallel the Crystal River all the way to Marble, and Beaver Lake. This excursion was more about the journey than the destination.

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View of Mt. Sopris from Highway 133 with the Crystal River in the foreground.

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These rocks were polished by past glaciers which covered many of Colorado’s mountain ranges.

Fun with rocks!

Photography fun with glacier river rocks!

Looking East from Highway 133, at the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness area.

Looking East from Highway 133, at the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness area.

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Time to catch our breath in Marble!

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If you forget to pack a picnic, there’s always some “Slow Grovin BBQ”.

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Town of Marble population: 131 as of the 2010 Census.

The paved road ends at Beaver Lake. Beyond, it's four wheel drive and the 'ghost town' of Crystal.

The paved road ends at Beaver Lake. Beyond, it’s four wheel drive and the ‘ghost town’ of Crystal.

We didn’t take any sort of tour but merely walked around on our own. A small leaflet was available at the ‘entrance’ by the loading area. So, we were left to guess which was the avalanche wall, the different ‘fire walls’, the mill, the ice rink, etc….So, following are some random images from the site.

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Under this sign there was a bin with small pieces of marble that one could take for a souvenir.

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Marble blocks like these were scattered throughout the area.

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My husband, gamely posing to give some perspective!

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Time Warp!

Time Warp!

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Along state road 3, on our return to Carbondale:

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Our unusual side trip to Marble proved to be an enjoyable learning experience. Who would have thought that parts of the Lincoln Memorial came from a remote, seemingly inaccessible region of the Colorado Rockies?

If you enjoyed my photography, please check out my website at: Bela Geo Images