Whatever Weds. More Fall Color

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I’ve been out a few times since my last post photographing fall color. The trees are peaking in some areas and slowly turning in others, but this year is gorgeous compared to last year.

Here’s a look at Slide Mountain from a hill above the Carson River. The Cottonwoods lining the river are lovely in their autumn colors.

A little further up the road I stopped and got out of my car to look behind me. I had to walk back a ways to get this shot, but I think it was worth it.

The river is very low right now.

I signed myself up for still life Season’s course that started on Monday. I’ve been playing with tablescapes since. If I get a composition I love I’ll share. 😀

I hope you’re all having a good week and staying healthy, and busy.

Nikon D810| Nikkor 24-120mm| PS CC 21.2.1

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Whatever Weds. Fall Colors

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Here are a few images I’ve made showing the Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras and Carson Valley between October 5th and the 9th.

West Fork Carson River-


Friday Oct. 9th late afternoon while coming home from photographing some fall color I stopped to make this image.

Tree-lined drive, ranch house, and pasture

I’m planning to return here next week when the front trees should be more yellow/orange.

I hope your week is going well!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 24-120mm| PS CC 21.2.1

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Autumn Leaves II

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My Flowering Plum Tree in Autumn…

Autumn Leaves II

Time is moving so fast. #1 Grandson is eating with a spoon and isn’t as messy as I thought he’d be, and he’s talking up a blue streak and knows more words, and is articulating sentences and thoughts I had no idea he was able to understand. He’s planning for, and stratagising for Christmas at 2yrs 10 months while I’m still trying to compose a good macro image of leaves in Autumn! Perhaps I should give him my camera.

I’ll give you an example of how clued in he is. His mom had her lips done at my Doctors office a couple of weeks back, but I was talking to #1 Grandson about the importance of going to the Doctor for Health, not just being sick.  I said, ” We go to the Doctor for check ups to make sure we’re growing big and strong, and we get shots to prevent sickness and infections.” He added,” And, to get big lips.”  WE HAD NO IDEA HE WAS AWARE!  We are now!

My Flowering Plum Tree in Autumn. It’s dropping leaves as fast as #1 Grandson is learning, and the Squirrels are trying to break my Squirrel Free Bird Feeder.

I love the veins, and colors of these leaves right now. We don’t have many trees that turn red in Autumn in California. It’s a treat to actually own one!

Nikon 105mm Micro| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6| Nikon Df

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Maple Lear in Watercolor

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A couple of weeks ago I spotted what might be a Maple Tree while driving home from the hardware store.

After dropping off my packages I walked back to the tree and plucked a single leaf off a low branch with the intention of using it as a model for a watercolor painting.  I sketched it out that same afternoon then worked on a Kumquat leaf, and a landscape instead.  Today I was able to spend quite a bit of time working on the Maple Leaf painting, but it was super dried out, and crumbly and the color had changed from a vibrant red to a brownish red which I tried to capture, but perhaps I missed the mark and this is closer to an Ash in the fall or winter.

Here’s the final painting.

Maple Leaf in Watercolor

I bought a new set of Turner watercolor paints not long ago so, I used those to paint this on Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolor paper. I also purchased a new brush that I’ve been using almost exclusively since it arrived.

It’s Creative Mark’s Mimic Kolinsky No.12 Round.   It’s faux mink but, feels and acts like a real fur brush. I’m loving it, and the new paints. The brush comes to a lovely fine point and hasn’t shed at all. It holds a lot of water, and cleans up in a cinch.  The paints have a nice pigment, there are 18 colors in the set so, I’m getting to try some new colors, and I’m using less paint than I was using with my Cotman paints. Or it feels that way to me.

Is this a Maple Leaf? I hope I can find another one that’s still red soon!

Lumix FZ200| Lexar Professional Digital Film| Hand-held

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Ginko Leaf Watercolor

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Inspired by Laura at createarteveryday I have tried painting a couple of leaves. This Ginko leaf from my front yard I like well enough to share.

Cotman travel palette on Strathmore watercolor paper


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