Category Archives: Autumn

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.






















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




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.


Fall Foliage at Rose Tree Park


Spotted: Some tall people in the park!


They’re following us!


I love the late afternoon Autumn light!


Ridley Creek State Park Foliage



One of many Maple Trees.



I love the color contrasts!




This is Autumn? This is not normal!

Chicago’s Curves

This week’s Twitter #FriFotos theme is “Curves”, which is rather convenient for me since I just photographed many downtown Chicago curves. While the windy city’s architecture is probably better known for its sharp angled geometry, it also has a surprising amount of rounded shapes. So, following, are some curvatious Chicago icons!

Pedestrian Bridge at Millennium Park, over Columbus Dr.

The Aqua Tower, as viewed from Millennium Park. It has undulating, wave-like, curvaceous slabs.

The London Guarantee Building, on the South end of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Marina City, Chicago

River City, Chicago

Lake Point Tower

The Cloud Gate sculpture, at Millennium Park, more commonly referred to as, “The Bean”.