The creek stages a gala, magical event, come autumn. It’s all done with light and water. Unlike illusionists using ‘smoke and mirrors’, the creek works with only natural props, and at “Presto!” reveals only vistas of solidly real beauty. Creek patter and flowing movements are not misdirection; they attract our attention at its keenest. It’s scheduled from whenever the leaves really start to turn, until . . .
I’m out in the woods using a camera to try to catch the creek at some of its ‘tricks’. I’m not a photographer, though, I’m a frustrated painter. I was always trying to play catch-up with nature, but nature was always light years ahead of me; well, duh.
The water grabs the light and bounces hues around, reflecting and cross-reflecting.
Presenting mixed media collages of light, ripples, leaves attached and detached, water, sky, trees, swirls, waves, eddies, reflections, with a heavy reference to traditional landscape. The light changes moment by moment, creating new sights. I have to go snap snap snap with the camera to keep up. Getting this close, I like to fell in the creek last year!
The camera and the creek are doing this. I’ll only take credit for composing the shots and choosing the scenes. I don’t use photoshop to enhance hues, but the camera may have brightened or subdued some colors compared to what the human eye would see.
The following are from a later time of day with twilight coming on. Slanting rays and darker tones but still, the color blends appeal to me.
I absolutely love this creek, and I’m far from alone. Chances are most everyone knows, remembers, and treasures a natural waterway. All are worth saving. We humans depend on water! Please support your local environmental groups any way you can. Here’s my essay, “Tributary” telling more about this creek, and all creeks, rivers, oceans. http://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/tributary-becoming-green-warriors-of-the-red-earth-country/
Leaves making ready to participate in the fall festival.
The forest floor
The Beauty Berries partied like rocks stars too, but they’re about to rest up for the winter.
A link to summer’s prelude to fall: http://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/wild-summer-creeks-and-creatures/
Here’s a link to last year’s fall photos with a different camera: http://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/autumn-at-the-creek-within-the-forest-4/
After being outside, it’s a pleasure to walk into the house, because we have kitties. Here’s a link to the post detailing the book I’m writing about our cats: http://catwoodsporchparty.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/announcing-my-cat-book-meowyall-a-feline-centric-memoir/ As soon as I can, I’m going to get back to posting about the kitties! Bud, pictured below, is waiting.