No, I’m not done yet. This has been my most productive autumn photo season yet!
No, I’m not done yet. This has been my most productive autumn photo season yet!
I’m spent on the whole “counting in French” thing…besides, I had to switch to Latin in honor of my first Latin instructor, Mandan’s beloved Ed Axtmann, who passed away this week.
This is a tree I spent plenty of time photographing. I even got full of all kinds of crunchy and pokey stuff lying beneath its branches. Might be fun to revisit it later and post the results of that half-hour dalliance.
Have I exhausted my quiver of fall photos from 2017? Hardly. Even as the cruel North Dakota wind threatens to strip these trees bare, I’ve already got plenty of fun photos so far. And I’m not ruling out a few more before we’re left with nothing but sticks and bare branches for the winter!
The river valley has been breathtaking this year. I have had friends comment that the cottonwoods haven’t given this kind of color in years, perhaps due to fungus or other issues, possibly even going back to the flood.
Fall in North Dakota is always a gamble; some years we get an early frost and the leaves drop while still green. Other years we get nice fall colors…for a day. This year, despite a couple of days of punishing wind, things have held on and provided lots of enjoyment.
An instructor once told me, while demonstrating part of the parachute rig on the standard issue Army F-4 pilot flight suit, that “if you eject and land in a tree in North Dakota, you deserve to die.” We don’t have the expansive forests some states enjoy, but the trees we do have sure put on a show this year. The skies helped, too.
Am I done with fall photos? I think I still have a few. I’ll share them here, and then I’ll work backwards. I’m pleased to report that, in addition to a plentiful autumn photo harvest, this has been a very fruitful summer for me in that regard as well! I’ve spent my time taking them, and will have all winter this year to steadily post new ones as I find time to process them.
I actually, without even realizing it, have had a very fruitful autumn photo season. I posted a few shots yesterday, and here is the second installment.
Here’s a nice row of golds and reds, with very little green remaining anywhere but on the grass. I love the reds, maybe because they’re less common out where I tend to roam. They’re typically part of somebody’s landscaping.
Here’s the other angle of that scoria road I mentioned yesterday. I actually took the time to process this one, instead of just posting the raw of the other angle. This, too, is one of those shots where I can’t decide which angle I like best.
Yes, I have more…but that’s all for now. I hope to share a few more tomorrow. 🙂
I took Monday off and roamed around a little bit with a shot list I’d been working on for a few days prior, and I must say I had a very fruitful time. While many of the shots I got have some lovely fall foliage in them, I haven’t taken the time to process those yet. I’ve got quite a backlog of photo and video work projects that I need to get done, so personal stuff is going to have to hold off for a bit. But I did manage to stop for some shots of trees along the way…
I nabbed a couple angles of this shot, one being behind this one a little way and illustrating the curve of the road differently. But I ultimately chose this one. I might have to take another look at the other shot for Part Two as well.
I have a few more coming, so stay tuned!
Yes, I’m still posting. And I’m still posting about this post! I had to check on it the other day in the rain, and it’s still hanging in there. Literally. There is no soil around it, only the barbed wire wrapped around it.
I’m getting ready to start Year Twelve of this blog, and I’ve got plenty of photos to share. I took so many this summer that I can definitely make it to Spring, not to mention the additional new photos I hope to add this winter!
Yeah, that’s a song title reference I never thought I’d make. This old corner is on a shuttered school house that my wife and I encountered on a recent photo journey. The kids were at camp, so we got to run around with cameras until midnight! Ain’t love grand?
This is the old school house. The corner is on the left of this photo. We were actually just getting started when we came across this building, and it was the beginning of a very fruitful photography day.
I’m guessing it’ll take me into winter to start processing the photos I’ve been able to acquire over the summer. I’d had some dry spells in recent memory, but this summer made up for everything. I doubt I’ll be as busy this winter as last, so there will be plenty of time to share new images!
I had to run several errands today, and being out in the smoke from wildfires in Canada, Montana, and other points west caused me to begin developing a headache pretty quickly. I decided to knock off a little early and lie down at home to ditch my discomfort, but on the way I drove to the capitol for a few minutes to grab some shots for posterity’s sake. For the title of this post I couldn’t help but take you back to 1977 and a little Sanford & Townsend. Here are the resulting images:
For a while the sun seemed to blaze, so it may have emerged from behind a cloud up above all the smoke below. So these shots have a far different tone to them. Here’s looking northwest toward MDU’s corporate campus.
Hopefully the people fighting these fires, and who have been fighting them for a long time, get victory with a little help from some precipitation in the next few days. We’ll be beneficiaries as well – this smoke is a health hazard as well as an eyesore. No, really, it does make your eyes sore. Here’s the song reference for the post title:
A friend of mine had posted a picture of an old abandoned car recently that caught my eye not just because of the car body, but because of the unique landscape behind it. He’d been roaming and had no specific idea where he took the photo, so I thought I’d go hunting. I knew which county it was in and a general orientation, so I did some research on Google Earth and headed out. I caught a few surprises along the way, including some vehicles – which I’ll focus on here (pun intended).
This is the first shot of the morning. We had layered fog and some wild clouds, too…so the rising sun made for a pretty spectacular morning. This is actually a drone photo, as I tend to use UAS cameras for shots even as low as 18 inches if necessary.
Next was this old guy, sitting next to a garage on a parcel of land I have wanted to photograph for two years. I got the owner’s contact information in March of 2016 but was reluctant to call for permission last year because of all the NODAPL jackholes roaming Morton County last year and the increased fire danger this year. Today was a beautiful day, I called and got permission, and the rest is history.
This little guy is on that same property. I took a few different angles, but this is the one that worked out the best. Morton County is so beautiful that I have to make sure to show some of those rolling hills in the background.
One more, although you can imagine I shot tons of different angles. The ground had begun swalowing up this car’s frame and floorboards. With such amazing terrain on all sides it was a regular smorgasbord of photo opportunities.
I had a blast working my way around south central Best Dakota, then bolted home for tacos. What a fantastic way to spend my Saturday!
I really wanted to get a shot like this at the Norway Lutheran Church for quite some time. What I suspected was that the sun would be nowhere near where I needed it to be in order to get the windows lit. Complicating things is the fact that there were shades or something obstructing the bottom half of the windows on the west side. Dang.
I thought I had an iPod photo of this, but I don’t – I actually set a row of flashes on stands against the top of the west side windows, shooting a trifecta of blazing light into the sanctuary as I tried to catch the sunset behind.
Cheating? Not if I tell people how I did it. But it will most likely be winter before the setting sun appears directly west of these windows, and I didn’t have time to wait. My wife was with me for this day’s photo excursion, and I knew we were going to make it back to Bismarck much later than I’d originally told her. Thankfully she knows me better than I know myself and was prepared to get home at midnight. 🙂
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