I spent 10 days in Nouthern California last November (2015), with Steve Collin. Steve was on a mission to find cell coverage for schools hidden deep in the mist of magnificent towering mountains. Needless to say I was left with lots of spare time to photograph and document much of our time together. I spent many hours hiking with my second best friend, my iPhone-5's camera . My first best friend is my Canon 5d mark ii, just saying. I captured landscapes, waterfalls and beautiful oceans scapes, (that blog coming soon). But my favorite scenes were the little masterpieces beneath my feet. All but one, the tree, were photographed as they lay, untouched by me, except a little editing with Adobe photoshop.
This first brilliantly colored image was on the side walk, right out side the door of the car, I almost steped on it. I snapped a picture, and went into the warm and toasty dinner for a bountiful breakfast. It was a cold Fall day, a mere 40 degrees, in the Historic Distric of Weaverville, CA. Steve and I ate breakfast, and I browsed through the images and thought to myself, you can do better, go take that image again, from all angles. Im glad I did. "A good photographer will find beauty anywhere" ---Larry Hanna.
These warm collered leaves had fallen from an apple tree, at an elementary school in Legget, Ca. The leaves found their final resting place on a weathered picnic table near the school. I didn't design their placement. This is one of my favorites, because it looks to me, like the leaves are falling.
It was raining twigs and leaves all day and night near this portion of the trip, we were taking some leisure time off in Pacific Heights, California. We spent the night at 1111 Lighthouse Ave, The Monarch Resort. The leaves were floating in puddles of fresh water in the morning where we parked his Range Rover. These leaves were floating behind the car, when the sun was came out to say hello and I caught the reflection of the clouds through the water.
The next set of images were captured in henderson, NV.
It must have been a windy night, the night before I picked my grandson up from school, we went to the park next door, Fox Ridge Park. I spotted a bountiful amount of twisted and tangled twigs and leaves, piled, one on top of the other. The sun was laying low and cast long and lean shadows on these naturally designed beauties.
Same park same day, I just love the long shadows and the hint of color left in the pine needles. Foxridge Park.
This one reminds me of a scorpion or spider?
These pine needle, just minding their own business and casting a perfect duplication of themselves.
This "Tree" was actually designed by me. The trunk is actually the roots of a much larger tree. I gathered up its leaves and designed them in a circle at the top of the exposed roots. This image I shall call, "The Giving Tree" titled after my favorite childrens book, written by the late Shel Silverstein, an American Poet.
"Leaves in the Gutter" Yes thats right I found them as they lay tightly bunched in the corner gutter of a play ground. I was with William. I love the colors and textures.
Well thats it for now, I hope you enjoy these images, and stay tuned for my next series coming real soon. Have a great day.