I’ve been meaning to take pictures of the local foliage for several weeks now. But every week it seems to get more and more vibrant so I kept waiting. Waiting until they were the brightest they were going to get. Then this week? I knew it had peaked. I just needed to set aside time to go out and get some snaps. And then last night we had a lower temp and some strong winds. On my way to work this morning I realized I had really missed my window. Many of the trees that were stunning the day before were losing their leaves minute by minute. The trees were brighter this season than I’ve ever seen them, and I wanted to kick myself for missing the chance to photograph them.
But – I wasn’t going to let every leaf drop before I tried to capture some of the vibrant colors of the season. So, before I went to work this morning I stopped and snapped some photos. Then, during lunch I grabbed some more. I think I caught enough of the colors to feel partially satisfied, I’ll know better next time. Just take the pictures. If it gets better tomorrow? Then take more tomorrow. Lord knows no one every died from taking too many photos. What’s that saying? Life is too short to put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Well…I need to remember that. Even if it does sound like the words of a KRAZEE person.
There’s a great spectrum of the colors I found. There are so many gorgeous trees around town, I could have done so much more. Of course, many of them are in yards of homes and I’m too big of a chicken to knock on doors to ask if I can photograph the trees. And photographing them without warning the homeowners is just asking to get shot. So, my fear, laziness and procrastination limited me to just a few stops today en route between work and daycare. And of course, you wouldn’t know it by the pictures, but I was right in the middle of suburban commercial mecca taking pictures. These trees are in front of Target, Barnes and Noble, in the yards of a few churches. Every time I saw a great tree I just pulled over and started snapping.
And you know what I realized? I’ve been doing that a lot lately, with my new desire to take pictures of things other than my children. Just pulling over in empty parking lots to take pictures. I even found myself photographing
bushes trees at a cosmetic surgery office today. (Inappropriate initial word choice, don’t you think?) Since I’m sure this seems peculiar to outsiders, I’ve decided to put a new bumper sticker in the spot where my Obama/Biden sticker was.
Perfect. I’m not a real photographer, but I think this will serve as adequate warning to those worried I’m the new Paparrazi of church goers, book buyers, or boob lifters. Nope. I’m just a dork taking pictures of trees.