first impressions

October 21, 2023  •  2 Comments

Those of you who have been following my blog for years know that autumn is my favorite season.  It is also one time during the year that I experiment with the concept of impressionism.  The autumn palette is expansive and loves the camera lens, offering boundless opportunities to willing photographers.  Close-up or long range, it never fails to satisfy.  Stucco walls provide soft, mottled backdrops for the aspen below.  Full disclosure here.  I made some adjustments to the colors and contrast that resulted in an image somewhat out of the ordinary for an aspen photograph.    


If you see a tree that is screaming red in New Mexico, it is probably a maple of some sort.  In years past, the leaves on this particular tree had more burgundy hues.  This year, orange and yellow are emerging.  Perhaps because of the dryness.  I don't know.  Regardless, it is quite the specimen.


Rather than having the sun behind me on this shot, it was in front of me, showing the backlighting on the leaves.  

Leaves on ash trees here are the first to fall.  They develop what I call "skirts" or layers of leaves that remain on the trees while others are blowing in the wind.  The leaves on this particular skirt went from pale yellow to a ruddy gold.  These first ash tree closeups begin to provide some elements of impressionism.

The aspen tree reflections in the images below definitely move closer to the small pinpoints characteristic of impressionistic brush strokes.

I suspect there will be additional photographs in future blogs featuring autumn.  It is evolving before us, and, after all, these were just "first impressions."


How wonderful it was to hear from so many of you last week, and especially to see the photographs you sent of the eclipse designs you saw on both the ground and walls.  I loved the fact that Connie used a colander as her pinhole camera.  In this world that sometimes seems very nearly insane, creativity abounds, and brings joy.  

Thanks to Char, Dianne F., Barbara F. R., Marilyn R., Minna, Claudia, Connie, TTT, Tim A., Brenda, Jean & Sam, Christina W., Victoria, Rebecca, Steve, Carol, Terry T., and Marilyn G. for writing this week!  It appears that in many places across the globe, the weather will continue to provide great opportunities for photography, and I hope you will be able to take advantage of it.  

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©



Steve Immel(non-registered)
This is one of your best ever displays of New Mexico autumn which is my favorite season . I like the impressionistic take, the applied blur and especially the use of back light. I miss fall in NM but it’s also best season everywhere in the northern hemisphere according to me.
Gorgeous! We in the west are extremely lucky this year to have such color. Thx for sharing the beauty.
All the maple trees in Maine are suffering from a fungus caused by too much summer rain, so their leaves wilted and died without any traditional colored fanfare.
Folks don't know if the fungus will have lasting affects on the maples' lives.
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