On The Cusp Of Autumn. September 24, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Adirondaks, Canon 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens, Fall 2012, fall foliage, Gizmo, Keene Valley, waterfalls
Well, it’s that time of year again.
Last year’s Fall Foliage Season was disappointing here in Western Massachusetts – August’s Tropical Storm Irene devastated our rivers and roads, and the colors never really materialized.
So I’ve been looking forward to another chance to shoot Nature’s Rainbow this autumn, so much so that I had to jump the gun and hit the road – we’re just getting started with the show here in Charlemont, but I expected things to be farther along north of us, and at higher elevations.
My housemate Lizz hit New Hampshire’s White Mountains this past weekend for an early-season recon, so I went northwest to New York’s Adirondaks.
It’s still early there as well, but up in the boreal forests things are starting to happen.
Route 73 through Keene Valley is a beautiful drive:
A scrim of roadside birches and the occasional pop of color guard the dark mysteries of the great North Woods:
This area, too, is rebounding from the ravages of Irene, as witness the many full-size trees felled by the amazing volume of water which raged down this roadside cascade southeast of Lake Placid:
The “highway” follows a beautiful rocky river, with side tributaries offering visual delights to those willing to go for a short walk:
Moss and ferns festoon the many boulders strewn about the largely cedar and maple forest:
It’s a very rugged part of the State, far removed from the more widely known urban canyons of NYC, and offers great rock climbing on ancient granite, such as Washbowl Cliff:
…here coming into and out of the light as gathering storm clouds boil by. I was fortunate to catch these roadside sugar maples in a patch of filtered light.
Yes, it’s early, but it’s going to happen, a Real Northeastern Fall Foliage Season, albeit perhaps a bit tempered by this summer’s drought.
We shall see. 😉
All of these shots are courtesy of Ollie, my Canon 24-105mm f/4 L-series lens, except for the shot of the waterfall which Gizmo reeled in from perhaps half a mile away, in the rain!
Thanks, Guys! 🙂