A walk in the Woods

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I was sitting at my office desk dreaming about a walk in the woods.   I know I had just been on a beautiful trail in Maine that was full of interesting forest fauna growing every where with the sound of water flowing through the stream.  The peace and tranquility there amongst the trees can’t be compared to anything else.  The weather is starting to turn colder and I was not sure if there would be any thing to see.

Friends are great. LOL They drag me out into the great unknown and have me get up at 4:30 am to see if we can catch a sunrise that would take an hour drive north to find.  I am glad for Garmin in the morning who faithfully directs me to unknown locations.  We headed up to Wildcat Den Park in Muscatine to take pictures of the grist mill.  Which of course was being repaired and had scaffolding right next to it. untitled-2-26

So this is my attempt to get a picture of the grist mill on the side without scaffolding.  And to the left of this photo is a large boom in vibrant blue.  Both items diminished the scene and I still wanted a shot of the mill because the wood siding color variation was beautiful.  So no waterfall in this one but maybe next year when we go back.

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We followed a trail called Punch Bowl and it leads down to what is pictured above.  A place where water has carved out the rock.  A beautiful walk here with the feeling of isolation and stunning color all around me and I was really enjoying myself.  It always amazes me how the world doesn’t seem to exist on a walk like this.  I was looking around trying not to miss any of the autumn color and beauty.

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We didn’t have the greatest light and the sky was overcast.  The temperature was 32 degrees when we started that morning and had warmed up to 36 degrees.   There wasn’t any wind and the forest was quiet except for the call of the birds.  I wondered what it would be like to walk in something like this everyday.  I wondered if a person would still appreciate the beauty of a place like this if it became commonplace in their lives?  I know for me the beauty would not go unnoticed.

But, out of all of this I was able to go for my walk.  I was in a place where I could enjoy the cold because I was dressed for it.  I could enjoy the color before me with my camera and take photos at leisure with no pressure.  I could relax and just be me out in nature for a time.  If I could do this everyday I would but until then I will enjoy what I find along the way.

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Our lives our reflections I think our what we believe on the inside.  I want to be like this tree displaying a wonderful variant of color.  Which is interesting because I have started to notice water reflections this year.  If maybe because I have been in more places with water to photograph but it has caught my eye.  This photo was on the drive toward Burlington on the scenic route.  It always amazes me what I can find here.  I need to investigate the parks in Iowa more.  Just because my little corner of the state doesn’t seem to have exciting scenes doesn’t mean they don’t exist a little further up the road.

Fall this year has been a success for me photography wise.  Some years the color and my opportunities haven’t been abundant.  This year I wasn’t disappointed and wondering why I even have a camera if I never get to use it.  This year was a good year.

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