SNOW!

October 29, 2011

First snowfall of 2011

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It is snowing today.  The date is October 29, 2011.

During one of my Sociology classes yesterday, the weather forecast was being discussed as a winter storm with up to 3″ of snow was predicted for our area.  One student openly wondered about the validity of global warming given that this forecast was unusual for us at this time of year.  This led to a discussion about the reality of climate change-as the planet warms, the ocean and air currents shift causing some areas to become colder and wetter; others to become hotter and drier.  Hence the movement away from the term “Global Warming” to “Climate Change”.

Fall Foilage Maple Tree NCR Trail

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With the potential for snow being the news, and still suffering from memories of the shoveling from last winter, I took a walk along the North Central Railroad (NCR) Trail after classes had ended so as to alleviate the stress from the week and what was to come.  It was so nice to breathe the brisk air and see the remaining colour of fall.  The sky certainly did have the look of impending snow, though.  Of course, such conditions work just fine for photographing colour.  The overcast skies produce a nice, soft light that allows for even illumination of the resplendent hues.

Snow falling

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And the snow did come.  Now, one storm a pattern does not make.  However, it is unusual to be having snow like this while it is technically still fall.

Take care.

Oh, and be careful shoveling-we have a LONG way to go.

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Autumn Colour

October 12, 2011

Pumpkins at Misty Valley Farms Market

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Autumn appears to have arrived bringing cooler temperatures and that wonderful fall colour.

As a photographer, I am aware that images of pumpkins proliferate this time of year.  There is a reason for that-pumpkins are emblematic of the change in season and provide a warm glow to any field or market.  That rich colour can be enhanced by the low angle of the early morning sun.

Rack of tomatoes at Misty Valley Farms Market

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That low angle of the rising sun produces light in the 3300-3400 K (Kelvin) range, which is the orange portion of the colour spectrum.  As a result, orange, red, and yellow objects appear especially vibrant.

Field of sumac near The Angle at the Gettysburg Battlefield

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Later in the day, as the sun arcs higher into the sky, the colour temperature gets quite a bit cooler.  Even so, red is a colour that gets our attention.  Think about the colour of (most) fire trucks, stop signs, and emergency exit signs.  We have been conditioned to notice the colour red.  It was the colour of this sumac that I noticed out of the corner of my eye while driving on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

This field is in close proximity to both The Angle and the High Water Mark, which are well-known landmarks on the Battlefield.  These points designate the farthest northern progress for the Confederate Army and where one of the Civil War’s most decisive battles took place. It seems more than a bit ironic to be there on a day when the sumac was such a deep, rich, red given the events that happened here in 1863.

Take care.