Saturday, November 28, 2009

Autumn Reflection

Autumn Splendor #4

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

"Autumn Reflection"
(click on photo for larger view)
Bright orange foliage is reflected in a quiet pool of water.
Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, NH 

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

~ Clyde Watson

For me, despite what the calendar shows, autumn is over when November is over:  "Earth sinks to rest," as the above poem, says. And as I relish these last few quiet days of fall before the hectic holiday seasons begins, I reflect on autumns past and remember a place I loved to hike in my youth. One glorious fall day in New Hampshire, as I walked along one of my favorite trails, I came across this beautiful tree in full foliage reflected in a pool in the stream that follows the trail. My camera always at the ready, I was able to capture the moment.

The light patch about a third of the way down on the left is a rock just under the water. The shot I took was of the tree upside down from the opposite bank but I thought the tree looked better upright.


Cherie said...

Well, that seems fair. My mother just told me that she considers Dec 21st the start of spring because the days start getting longer. That makes sense from a particular perspective. The fact that the coldest part of the season is stiill ahead makes that perspective harder for me to accept. lol That is a beautiful shot of the tree. I was wondering what the lighter part was in the shot. Glad that you explained it. One of my favorite shots of mine is an upsided down reflection of a bird in the water. :)

Mountain Photog said...

Cherie: Thanks!

December 21st the start of spring?? Maybe in Florida. :) Still, the return of the sun at solstice is always something to celebrate.

I'd love to see your bird shot! Um, I mean, the photo you took of the upside down bird. Actual bird shot would probably not be that interesting. ;)

bobbie said...

Autumn reflections are so lovely. And so is the poem.

Mountain Photog said...

Thank you, Bobbie! The poem seemed appropriate for the end of November. :)

Dianne said...

I love reflections, it's twice the beauty :)

the tree is magnificent, I love the photo

Happy Winter

Mountain Photog said...

Happy Winter to you, too, Dianne! And thanks! I do miss those lovely old deciduous trees--especially in the fall.

Cherie said...

Be careful what you wish for. ;) Let me see if I can get these links to post correctly. The first one should be the reflection. (The bird is upside down.) The second is the original shot. I like the first one much more. I think of it as "abstract" art. LOL

Reflection shot

Original shot

Mountain Photog said...

That is a great shot, Cherie! It looks like a beautiful watercolor painting. Very artistic indeed. :) I like the original shot, too, it's just not quite as "artsy." Thanks for posting those!

Picture Imperfect said...

What an amazing shot - the reflection is almost perfect! Just close enough to be mystical. Great colours and I like the way you framed it - I also like the way you rotated it, it's better this way. :o)

Mountain Photog said...

Awww, thanks Penny! *blush* That means a lot coming from you. :) I should confess, however, that this comes from a Kodachrome slide, so the warm rich colors are inherent in the emulsion. I had it printed years ago and scanned the print. I have a slide scanner but I haven't played around with it enough to produce great digital files. One of these days. . . maybe.

Villas Girl said...

I love this picture. So beautiful. Lisa

Mountain Photog said...

Thank you Lisa! It's one of my favorites, too. :)

ruma2008 said...

Thank you for showing beautiful scenery.

Mountain Photog said...

You're welcome! I love to share the beauty I find in nature with those who can appreciate it.

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