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“The rain began again.  It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of it’s own nature, which was to fall and fall.”  Helen Garner

And the rain continues . . . I had this vision for a photograph in my mind when I woke up this morning.  I had my camera on the tripod and covered in plastic – it was a bit of a challenge to get the shot.  

I didn’t like it in color because of the color cast from the red umbrella on my face.  So I converted to B&W and tweaked a bit in LR4, then took it in to Photoshop CS6 where I ran a High Pass Filter to bring out a bit more detail.  I’m learning so much about how to process my photographs without going overboard.  (It’s so easy to do!)  I think I’ll run a couple of different filters on this just to see what happens . . . so much fun!

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“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

It started raining today.  We’ve not had any moisture worth mentioning since June 14th, so this is very welcome indeed.  The trees are losing their leaves very quickly now with the stormy, windy weather.  Leaves are everywhere . . . I thought this was rather pretty with the rain drops leaving a pattern on the wet blacktop.  I used my D800E & 105 mm VR to capture this shot, and just tweaked it a smidge in LR4.  

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“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”  William Cullen Bryant 

This is actually the calm before the storm.  The weather forecast is for record rainfall over the next few days.  We need it, as it’s been a very dry summer.  So I’m out enjoying the beauty that is autumn in my yard.  As you may have noticed from previous posts, I am fascinated by my Katsura trees.  I find them stunningly beautiful.  This photo is taken under the biggest one in my yard.  I love the carpet of leaves and the feeling of solitude and tranquility.  

I am very lucky to live where I live, to have experienced all I have in my 60 years of living on this earth.  The good and the bad.  It’s all brought me to this moment, this hour, this day . . . to be all I am.  

Life is good!  I’m enjoying these moments while I can . . . 

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”  Stanley Horowitz 

We have several huge Katsura trees in the back yard.  They are luscious green in the spring and summer, and an absolutely stunning orange/yellow/red in the Autumn.  They are at their best right now.  Stunning.  

The Katsura tree is a very distinctive landscape tree known for its delicate leaves and bright autumn colour.  In autumn, the heart shaped leaves smell of burnt sugar when crushed, and the tree turns bright yellow, pink, and orange-red.  The botanical name is Cercidiphyllum japonicum.

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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree.”  Emily Bronte

It’s that time of year again . . . how quickly summer seemed to pass!  The leaves on the trees are turning their gorgeous shades of  red, orange and yellows, and cascading to the ground leaving a beautiful rich carpet.  I just had to get out and play around a bit.  I had a vision of creating a “waterfall” of leaves showering down on the camera.  It didn’t really work out exactly like I wanted . . . but I do like the blown out image.  I would have liked the leaves to be a bit more defined.  I’ll keep working at it, but it’s now raining – our wettest weekend here since May.  I enjoyed playing in the leaves though – brought me back to my childhood in Northern Ontario!

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