Early last month I went to our local wildlife refuge to practice for an up coming trip to New Mexico to photograph Sandhill cranes at their winter residence. Just before Christmas the US Government shut down and I had been told by the refuge that it was going to be locked and closed. I cancelled my trip and stayed home for New Years. I was really bummed out as I had been looking forward to the trip for a long time.
When I visit a refuge I will try to also shoot landscape and environmental scenes. I have photographed this island of trees before but what caught my attention this time was that the autumn color was really hanging on this year. This copse of trees should be just bare bone by early December. I also felt the lifting fog added to the scene.
A photo like a painting - pure atmosphere! All these pastel colours here provide a beautiful symphony and the ground fog adds a somehow mystical feature as the rosy sky does. I like this one very much. I can't help - for me a favourite ;-)
An amazing phenomenon - in December!
Greetings from grey, wet and cool Germany!
I like it, it is like an island of heaven for birds and many other creatures. I do like the fall colors, like many tree in So Cal, the fall colors comes later and can stay a touch longer due to the warmer climate, and off course each year is different. the lifting fog adds very nice to the morning misty atmosphere and those flock of birds in the sky adds just a little to the scene, I can hear the refuge comes alive with the sound of birds.
what a bummer John, I know you mentioned earlier about the planned trip. What a government!
Hopefully you find a little solace here in your peaceful haven, very well captured with the muted soft colours and the fog to nail down the atmosphere.
jwmunro (2019/01/04 17:22:10): Thanks for the visit and comment Elaine. This was captured well before my planned trip and I always enjoy my time at any refuge I visit as there are usually no visitors and those you do run across are really interested in the birds and solitude. Jo and I are off to Hawai'i in a couple of weeks so the washout of my trip to New Mexico has not been to bad but I was really looking forward to NM all throughout the fall.
Funny to see the setting of the camera for this shot. They are typical for wildlife shooting, but not necessarily for landscape shooting. ;-)
The image has a lot of atmosphere and is really a little marvel to encounter the trees in such a picturesque presentation in December.