10 Nov 17 Day's before we left for the cruise I noted that fall was really starting to burst out and wondered if we would miss it here locally and if we would have something worth photographing in central Europe to substitute. As we departed the Praha airport Jan observed that the colors in the distance were really nice which gave me hope for some nice autumn colors along the Danube. Unfortunately for me the cities we visited were virtually tree free and we never made it into the country side. Our road trip from Praha to Passau to meet the boat took us through lots of lovely countryside but there was not much color to see at all, most of the trees having already peaked and dropped their leaves. A couple of days later as we bused to Salzburg driving through the Austrian Alps there were many areas of lovely color, mountains, and countryside but the Austrians line their freeways with sound barriers which all but made photography impossible. Further, as the boat traveled at night from port to port along the Danube, we never got to see the countryside at all, let alone in color. So my hopes of getting fall color were basically frustrated until we arrived back home and realized that we were returning to peak autumn colors which sorta made my heart jump for joy. We left SeaTac in rain and returned in rain, but the return was in kodacolor!! And as you all know, autumn and its coat of many colors is my favorite time of the year!! When we landscaped our yard we placed a maple at the waterfall end of the pond as the centerpiece of the yard. It welcomed us home with blazing color and today we are looking at just a few of its leaves. The tree is currently perhaps 12' in height and about 4' in diameter, but when full grown should be about 3x as large. I just hope I'm around to see it that size.
I've cropped off a bit of distraction but that's about it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 320; 1/125 sec @ f / 5.6.
Daily Image - Nov 2017 Archive