Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

Photos taken this past Fall of another young and attractive couple who are getting married this spring. I’ve worked a lot with Carrie’s family in one way or another. They are such great people with kind hearts. You can see it in her smile and the way she and Eric look at each other. Wishing them the best in their marriage and their life they will make together.

Below are a few of my favorites from our afternoon together.


I just got back from Telluride, Colorado. I must live there. I must.

It was beautiful. And peaceful. And stunning. And, did I say beautiful?! All the Aspens were well on their way to turning a brilliant gold. We were just a few days shy of peak colors. The first day we were there, there were small patches of yellow popping up. Every single morning, we’d get up and remark about the degree of chance since the day before. It almost looked like the yellow hue was slowly spilling out onto the other green leaves. I think if we were there three more days, we would have seen almost all gold. I’m not complaining, of course. It was still stunning.

Holding out until the end

There’s something about Aspens that intrigue me. I like them more than the average tree out there. Maybe it’s because an Aspen grove is, if I’m not mistaken, the largest single organism on the planet. The whole grove shares one common root system. Or maybe it’s because when the wind blows through the leaves, I can close my eyes and think of all the people who have passed before me. And when I take the time to listen, it sounds like they are giving applause and cheering me on.

Muddy waters

Posted: November 3, 2009 in Photography, texture
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The other day, I was walking around the future site of the camp for children with serious illnesses that my husband is helping to build. (check it out if you’re curious! It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. But as of now, they’ve just started moving dirt around and changing the lay of the land to accommodate the cabins and other buildings. We’ve had a lot of rain lately and the ruts made by the heavy machinery have turned into pools of muddy water. Add to that the fact that it was Halloween day, October 31, and many of the leaves on the surrounding trees have hit the ground. Thank God for my cool Hunter boots or it would have been an ugly mess!

Anyway, I noticed while walking around how beautiful the colorful leaves looked in the murky water. I had my little point and shoot camera with me and decided to grab a quick shot. I didn’t frame the image or look for just the right collection of leaves or anything. We were walking rather briskly to another point and I just held the camera out and took the shot almost without looking at what I was getting at all.

I downloaded the image to my computer and I started playing with it in Photoshop. I used a Pseudo HDR action followed by a Modelize action and then I put two different textures over the top. Both textures were variations of rust. One was desaturated and had a 60% opacity/Overlay and the next was 25% opacity/Hard Light. Here’s what I came up with. I know. I know. You can make almost any image look great if you spend enough time with it in Photoshop. You’re right. So if you want to see what the original looked like, just click on the photo below.


Muddy Waters