October 2, 2012

Audubon Center of the North Woods









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    1. Thanks, Tina Jo. I followed the light all day and was not disappointed!

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  2. All beautiful photos but my favorite is the tree trunks with cones on the ground. Very unusual shot which is precisely why I like it. I also like the perspective you take when photographing the cut hardwood. Very unique!

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    1. Bill: one of my favorite things to do with my camera is set it at ankle level and just snap, without even looking through the view finder. Sometimes things come out blurry and awful, but other times, I'm given a lovely shot that feels less like I took it and more like a gift of, say, the forest. :) The pine cone photo you mentioned is one of those. Such a beautiful place.

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  3. There are absolutely gorgeous. You are a wonderful photographer!

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    1. Oh, thank you! And thank you BLOG. I've always loved taking photographs of nature, but I'd never done so in earnest until I had this space to inspire me.

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  4. Did you go to the Loft Nature Writing conference? Beautiful photos.

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    1. Yep! It was excellent. I loved being in a room (or in the woods) with people who knew exactly what I meant by "place-based writing." I wish all of us could take weekends away like that surrounded by our like-minded peers. Good for the soul.

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  5. Emily, your photos are a picture-story of the North Woods in fall. The textures and lighting convey an atmosphere of change. I'm enjoying your post this morning in my own woods here in the mountains of CO.

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    1. Hi Barb,

      I have loved Colorado since I first visited there at 13. I've experienced the Rockies in the winter, spring, and summer, but never the fall. Some day. I'm glad you have your own bit of beauty in your backyard!

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    1. Northern Minnesota is indeed a place to experience, especially this time of year.

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    1. That's become one of my favorite things to photograph lately. Something about shadows and light, slight movements, the in betweens.

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  8. I love every shot, but that woodpile really caught my eye. I can almost smell it.

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    1. I could smell it, of course, and it was everything a pile of wood on a crisp morning should be. :)

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  9. Emily:

    This is a fine colection of photos. My favorites are:

    The yelow Sugar Maple leaves.
    The White Pine neeedles and cones on the ground.
    The sun through the White Pine branches. Did you happen to notice how the light through these needles forms concentric circles as you move your head slightly back and forth?

    "Father Nature" wishes he was there to absorb this beauty.

    Gratefully,

    Richard

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    1. Thanks, Richard. I love your comment about moving your head back and forth. I can picture it, and I'm glad the image inspired you to move! Surely your neck of the woods must be aglow with color, too? Hopping on over to FN to see if I'm right...

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  10. These are rich and evocative images.

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  11. So many memories in your beautiful photos. The birch logs I toted around with me for years, the maple leaves ironed between sheets of waxed paper and hung in windows, the smell of burning leaves and the great piles of leaves left for us to play in. But most of all the glow of the autumn sunsets, and the first sun dogs that betokened winter.

    We have our signs, too. A huge flock of white pelicans - perhaps 150 or 200 - can wheeling in above the marshes yesterday. They're always a sign of a strong cold front to the north - within a week, I'll bet I'll be out of shorts and flipflops and into something more "fallish".

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    1. If you can believe it (and I'm sure you can; Minnesota seems synonymous with such things for most people who live elsewhere), it is currently snowing in northern MN. Your shorts and flip-flops sound like vacation destination wear! Are you sure you don't live in the tropics, Linda? :)

      In seriousness, thank you for sharing your memories. Autumn reminds me of many things, but most of all walks with my family through the woods behind St. Johns University. There was always so much to explore, and I loved how the leaves crunched crunched crunched under our feet.

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  12. Exquisite photographs, Emily! What lovely images to begin my day with. Thank you!

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    1. One of the main reasons why I share them! Glad they brought you some light.

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    1. Every time I look out a nearby window, I wish I had my camera. :)

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  14. Beautiful photos. The one with cones is my favorite.

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    1. That one seems to placing high on many people's lists! I like it, too.

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  15. oh my gosh....the colors colors colors! it reminds me so much of when i was little and we lived in minnesota. here, the unexpected cold has sort of stunted the trees and i'm worried we won't have the color change like you do.

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    1. Did I know you used to live here?! I imagine your current neck of the woods typically doesn't disappoint in the realm of color, but yes, I know what you mean about the cold. We had strong winds and low temps whip through at the end of last week, and most of the leaves, alas, have shriveled up or made their last quivering bow.

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  16. I love how you always notice the details, like the pine cones littering the forest floor. The lighting in that image is fabulous.

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    1. I liked the light there, also. That's one thing I've been trying in particular to pay attention to lately with my photos.

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  17. Stunning images, Emily! Such a beautiful play of light and colour, texture and form and detail. Magical! Thank you...

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  18. Absolutely beautiful. Love your nature writing blog. It's perfect for this heart of mine.

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