A lovely Fall morning indeed. I love waking up any morning and seeing fog. I am especially fond of the moody and atmospheric feel that fog can bring to a scene.
Cyndie and I went for a drive this morning to take in all the misty wonderful. We stumbled upon a wonderful driveway lined with trees on either side; they held some beautiful color even in the fog.
Spooky tree was a great scene as well. I wish we had made it there a bit sooner though. We know exactly where it is as now and will be able to go directly to it on the next fog day.
The fog held in there until just before noon and gave us plenty of opportunities. It was time to head back to Red Wing and hit the farmer’s market. The Grateful Bread was calling. A few delicious yum yums every Saturday for multiple weeks in a row now; it’s officially a habit.
It is tough to beat a fine Winter day…unless you consider any of the other seasons. As long as there is sun, not much wind and it is twenty-some degrees, I am content. It’s not bad when you are shooting from the car mostly and only get out from time to time to chase down something interesting. A winter day with some clouds is bonus.
Either during or after (can’t recall) the June solstice the Earth’s North Pole begins to tilt 23.5 degrees towards the Sun relative to the circle of illumination. This tilt through our Winter months provides an angle of light that will most likely produce some sort of shadow throughout the entire day, unlike in the summer when the sun will get directly overhead and give extremely harsh light. Outside of the obvious time restrictions involved when photographing sunrise/set (during the Golden Hours), I find the light during a winter’s day fun to work with. The shadows cast on snow through the trees are especially inviting to photograph.
The light just happen to be fantastic as we rolled up to an old bridge spanning the Isabelle River in Esdaile, WI. My shooting partner for this trip, Cyndie Mackowick, spotted something “shiny” as she usually does. The Winter’s light was beaming down through the trees and lighting up this wonderful, rusting and crumbling, old bridge. Rust is hard to pass up as it is so interesting to photograph. The texture and varying colors can be quite nice. I especially enjoyed the way the sun’s light danced around between the decaying steel beams – illuminating the rivets, rust and whatever else seemed to be hanging about. This is such a nice spot to shoot. It’s calming quiet as the Isabelle flows gently by – only briefly interrupted by the occasional Red Tailed hawk calling out, making its presence known.
Another fine day and plenty of sites to take in. From Esdaile to Maiden Rock and on through the bluff lands and back roads through the rolling hills of the countryside. The scenery was rich with barns, rivers and streams and of course the occasional wild life spotting and a horse or two. The real gem of the day was arriving at the old Salem School. That post will be coming up next.
I was fortunate enough today to meet up with a two fellow RWPC members ( Jeff Marcus and Jim Martin) for some shooting. My love for distressed wood and old farmsteads was bolstered further today by a wonderful little farmstead in the Esdaile, WI area. The rustic buildings and muted colors was an absolutely pleasure to capture. There was just enough light through the mid-day to illuminate the amazing texture that old wood affords. I was especially captivated by windows today. The dirt, grime and reflections on the glass caught my eye time and again.