Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Favorites: Colour Is Where You Find It, Part 2

This will be my last installment of the "Greatest Hits of Autumn" posts for this season. A super bright full moon has risen and is more visible now, through the bare branches of trees up the hill from my house. It was about a month ago, under the last full moon, that I drove out to farm country to shoot the aurora borealis. I haven't said much about the auroa lately because the sunspots have been quiet and the Kp index has pretty much flat-lined. There were a couple of teasers which were popping off large flares before they came around to face us, but they soon went quiet...if you can be quiet on the surface of the sun!

There has been a steady fall of maple leaves on the street next to the house, but the trees on the opposite corner of the intersection are almost bare. The "garden club" folks across the street were once again picking up the debris from their chestnut tree, but most of the leaves have yet to let go. Now that the most of the maple leaves on the west side have dropped, I get late afternoon sun in a bay window, and it makes the plants happy...and me, too.

After a weak start, the colours came on strong and I'd say it was a good color season. For this year's "finale" I have picked out favorites from the favorites. They represent the colours found in Spokane and on trips throughout the region.

Banks Lake is a reservoir above Grand Coulee Dam. It is located at the bottom of the Grand Coulee, which is a mile-wide, steep-side canyon in north central Washington. The orange and yellow leaves of the cottonwoods are quite a contrast to the gray-green of the scrub on the coulee floor, and the dark gray rock walls. I have made a few sunrise trips out there, which means I have to set a very early alarm and drive 100 miles. It's nice to watch the sunlight hit the cliffs on the far side and work its way across the floor. The next three shots were taken on what looks like three different trips, but they look like afternoon shots.

 
A scan of a Kodachrome slide from the early 1990's, taken just south of the Steamboat Rock area.

 
Another Kodachrome slide, looking across the widest part of the Grand Coulee, east to west.

 
A recent shot, you can see the lake in the background and the west wall of the coulee.
 
 
The next nine shots were taken in and around the city of Spokane.

 
You have to catch the light just right in Browne's Addition, west of downtown. The neighborhood is open to the west, but there is a tall bluff out there, too, so you have to catch the sun before it drops behind it.

 
A beam of light comes through the red canopy to illuminate a patch of yellow.

 
Manito Boulevard, just south of Manito Park.

 
We had scattered graupel (snow pellet) showers on this particular November 30th. The water drops are melted graupel. I shot this one just like a "real" photographer, tripod and all! It is lit by a mix of overcast above and an orange streetlight, off to the left.

 
A hint that Christmas is just around the corner? Upper Manito Boulevard.

 
Flaming chestnut leaves near Finch Arboretum, west of downtown.

 
A colourful canopy at Finch.

 
A leaf cluster on a young maple, on the northern edge of Finch.

 
I don't know how I just happened to look at these berries, while on a photo walk in Riverside State Park. I call this one "Jack and His Friends."
 
Now we're going out of town, to points east...and north. First, to the east.

 
A colourful hillside on the east side of Kellogg, Idaho.

 
The Greenwood Cemetery, on the east side of Kellogg, Idaho

 
A wall o' Tamarack on the Montana side of Gold Pass, above St. Regis, Montana
 
And now to the north.

 
What Tamarack looks like from the other end, Frater Lake, west of Tiger, Washington

 
A dusting of Tamarack needles, Gillette Lake, west of Tiger, Washington.

 
Tiger Meadows, above, you guessed it, Tiger, Washington. The weather was not any good for shooting that day, but it did cut the traffic down to nearly nothing up there.
 
And finally, back in Spokane:

 
Happy Halloween!
Manito Boulevard.

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