Dripping With Color

On a recent morning as the skies were clearing from an overnight rain, I searched out colors to shoot.  Sometimes fascinating colors can be found on the side of a rusting car or old tug boat, or in the reflections of sky and flora in the side of a highly reflective office building.  Those are great and fantastic, in fact, but I find that there is seldom anything to match the beautiful array of color in nature.

Two of the most beautiful memories I have of being in nature both occurred when I was with my best friend, Ken.  On the first occasion, we were high up in the Sierra Nevada.  We had hiked up a mountainside to see what was on the other side (isn’t that why anyone would hike up a mountainside)?  When we reached the summit, we were able to look down on a spectacularly flowered alpine meadow that held a small lake.  It was a clear, beautifully sunny day with brilliant blue sky, puffy white clouds, and the wind was sweeping across the meadow, making the grasses and flowers dance as it took their hand and then passed them along to the next bit of dancing wind.  Absolutely gorgeous.

The second time was when Ken and I were returning in our small boat from a day of fishing in the San Joaquin Delta.  We were traveling eastward and the sun was setting behind us.  The water was absolutely, perfectly still, except for the smooth swells raised by the passing of our boat through the water.  The colors of the fading sky and sun in the wake of the boat were perhaps the most beautiful colors of sunset that I’ve ever seen.  I was captivated.

So, on the recent post-rain morning, I came across a tree of reddish-pinkish leaves.  There was still rain dripping off the leaves, and the tips of the leaves had started to die in an orange-ish color.  I got on the shaded side of the tree and took a picture looking toward the light.  Today’s photo is the result.

What is one of the most beautiful scenes that you’ve seen?

Fall leaves after an overnight rain
Fall leaves after an overnight rain

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1829, India officially outlawed the practice of “suttee”.  Suttee is when the widow of a deceased man would burn herself to death on the funeral pyre along with the body of the husband.  Though it was outlawed, it continued to be practiced for some time…

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: a wolf’s sense of smell is 100 times more powerful than that of a human being.  I think I’m glad that I don’t have their power of smell!!!!



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