Thematic Photographic #23 is all about autumn. Carmi at Written, Inc. has challenged us to stretch our mental and photographic imagery of this beautiful season. I still consider autumn to be a gift, which is best enjoyed when opened slowly, to be savored as nature performs her magic. A colorful finale just before she draws a blanket of snow over her and takes a well-deserved rest.
The autumn colors in southwest Missouri were not as vibrant as in years past. I do have some photos, not yet downloaded, taken just before a strong storm stripped the remaining leaves off the trees. But I'll get to those later.
My brother Rick lives in the Portland, Oregon area, an area notorious for towering trees, thick with foliage, that bursts with color every fall. He sent me some of his photos. This area is also lauded for its wineries. I have seen many vineyards, but apparently just during the summer months, because I've never considered their beauty in the fall. Well, Rick sent me some photos that show a whole different side of the wineries --- and also explains why he won't consider leaving the great Northwest. Oh, yes, Rick also advised that 2008 will be a very good year for wine.
Rick is also a fan of Thematic Photographic, though in the ranks of blurkers. So, in a break with tradition, I am showcasing my brother's photography skills today. (Surprise, Rick!)
Country roads like this are always intriguing. They quietly wind through the hills, covered in a canopy of trees, with promises of more visual treats around each curve.
The trees of the Northwest are gigantic! These sentries make the picnic tables look like toys!
Looking closely at this photo you will see a pine tree with the branches of a deciduous tree reaching through it. During the summer this might not stand out, but the autumn colored leaves appear as garland, previewing the season of Christmas trees to come.
Thanks, dear brother, for providing some great shots for this week's theme.