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WATERY  FRENCH  IMPRESSION

Porter, Maine

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Maine in the fall is a beautiful place to behold. Admirers of the colorful foliage are well aware that leaves don't change at the same rate across the state. Believe it or not, there are websites dedicated to such trackings to help folks maximize their foliage fix. In a nutshell, the further away from the ocean you are, the sooner the leaves turn color.

As luck would have it, today I'm at a place where the leaves appear to be at or near peak. While taking in all the color on my digital, I pass over the Ossipee River and pause to shoot some particularly nice scenery, colored trees next to a still river, what else could I possibly ask for.

After shooting a bunch of pictures, I just move on, looking for other photogenic candidates. When the day winds down and I download my images from camera to computer laptop for review and cataloguing, I'm floored by what I find. To my surprise, I discover I've truly hit paydirt, I've shot what looks like a French Impressionist painting. The first two images were taken as the subject was found, a reflection of a golden yellow tree within the calm water surface. At the time I didn't think much about it. Now, when I flip the images 180 degrees, I'm served up with a really cool, new perspective.

I find all this rather odd. If I didn't know the history of these images, I'd swear they were digitals of a painting. Photography is a lot of fun! You just don't know what you're going to get until you sit back and look in detail at the images you've taken.


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