All The Leaves Are Brown

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. The heat of Summer dissipates, we start thinking of upcoming holidays, and we are treated to beautiful colors from the trees and other plant life as they prepare to tuck themselves away for the nearing Winter.

Unfortunately, that color doesn’t hang on for long. I was out walking this evening and noticed that the leaves still hanging on to their trees have all turned brown. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the color was still brilliant. It just goes to show that you have to enjoy the gifts God gives you at the moment and not take anything for granted.

Fortunately, I had a camera on me when I last saw Fall colors and got a couple of shots that I can go back to and look at until next Fall comes around.

Landscape at Connected Lakes State Park.
Connected Lakes State Park – Grand Junction CO
Trees along the Grand Junction Riverfront trail
Grand Junction Riverfront Trail

In Between Worlds

Yellow grasses against a blue-green background.

“In Between Worlds” is a camera movement and multiple exposure photograph that I made from several pictures of decorative grasses in my front yard on a bit of a stormy afternoon. I combined the lightest parts of the images (the golden grasses) so they would be intertwined and give depth to the final picture.

The darker backgrounds come from images that were blurred by camera movement. As they were layered, they started forming the beautiful blues that are seen here. Layering images is similar to mixing paints to apply to a canvas or paper. Two or maybe three images are usually the most I will layer. More than that and the background can start to become too dark and mottled. Of course, dark and mottled can be a good look if that’s what you intend for your image.

I was really trying to capture the feeling of the day in the picture. The skys were stormy behind the grasses (I was facing east) and had a moody feel to them. However, the sun behind me was bright and lit up the grasses beautifully. I love that I was able to capture such a great subject right at the end of my driveway and get both moods in one image.

If you want to see more of my multiple exposure and camera movement work you can check out my Instagram feed or just hop over to my photography site at https://ryandavisonphotography.com .

Tactile Warning Devices

This is a tactile warning device, also-known-as truncated domes. Truncated domes are a much better description since they actually are domes with their tops cut flat. They are meant to be a warning to anyone stepping on them or rolling over them that they are about to enter a street or parking lot.

However, the word tactile means a sense of touch. Unless you are down on your hands and knees, running your hands across the truncated domes, you’re actually feeling them (through your feet or bottom), not touching them. So the phrase “tactile warning device” is not entirely accurate. I just thought you ought to know.