This weekend and Columbus Day will probably be close to the leaf peak season in Warren County for fall foliage. I like the changing of the leaves when there are still a few green foliage trees that enhance the vibrant colors of the trees that have already changed.
Fall has always seemed a magical time to me. Yes, summer is over and winter will soon set in. But we have the period of time when fall flowers are at their peak and the air feels alive.
At this time of year the fog lifts slowly off the Conewango Creek each morning. It may take until 10 a.m. before I am sure what type of day we will have. After the fog lifts I take a walk down by the creek and watch the leaves slowly drift on the water and head south.
I also check the apples tree down by the creek to see how the crop is and if I will to able to press fresh apple cider. This year the harvest will be small due to our cold wet summer, but I will press at least one batch of cider at the Amish cider press in Lottsville, Pa.
I guess what I like best about the season is you never know exactly what the leaves will look like and each day the same scenery has a new look. For an artist I find this amazing. A bucket left by the barn becomes an instant art piece alive with color.
As the fall colors fade outdoors and are replaced by grays, brown and the occasional splash of color I remember the summer and the spring that will arrive none too soon.
I plan to photograph as much as possible this weekend. We have the promise of three days of nice weather (hopefully with a little clouds to help enhance the color for the leaves.) These fall images will take the chill off winter and hopefully lead to a few pieces of artwork.