The car was quickly loaded up; turned on the engine only to find out the gas needle telling me that there was enough fuel for a few blocks at the most, so now there was one extra stop to make and the clock kept on ticking. At this point I felt the effects of what happens when your body is depleted of caffeine: hard to think straight , shaky, etc,etc. The closest coffee shop was Timmys, the brew was weak, I could do anything for a a good Costa Rican cofee or a Star Bucks coffee, but at this point this would have to do.
The drive to Glen Rock was uneventful, tried not to speed too much, and got there to find part of the photography group already waiting for us. I had been asked to guide this group on a fall photo shoot and provide instruction and assistance with the beginners.
This was a glorious morning; the fog was starting to lift off he ground, the leaves gleamed with gold hues from the shafts of light from the raising sun. It was a perfect fall day for us to capture through the lens the fine details and balance of nature. The hike thorough the woods was a refreshing change from the daily routine and a good time to clear up ones mind and breath the crisp fall air. We walked down a ravine occasionally stopping to point out details and techniques to find the best exposure settings for our cameras. At the bottom of the ravine we crossed a small stream running with cold water and moved on to the other side where we spent a good amount of time exploring the stream banks. By now the air was starting to warm up: the sun was now above the top of the forest and ahead of us was the climb back up to the top of the other side of the ravine. This climb was a great exercise as I carried my backpack loaded with extra 50 pounds of equipment, but felt tired when we reached the top. Here, we stopped to catch our breaths and then started to descend again into another gorge higher up the ravine were the stream widened and rushed over a rock wall forming a beautiful waterfall. We took our time to experiment with different settings in our cameras and also look for fossils common in this area. After taking a few wide angle shots, I move closer to the water veil cascating down: to my surprise a rainbow appeared close the bottom of the falls were the fine mist caught the rays of the mid morning sun.The rainbow was only visible when leaning over a large boulder very close the the falls. Quickly I pointed this out to the rest of the team and took turns to move to that narrow spot close to the middle of the river were the magic was happening.
Since taking up photography, I have learn to carefully observe nature; being patient waiting for the light to change or wildlife to appear and gift me with its magic.
We are planning another outing when the snow makes its appearance and look look forward for it. Anybody who enjoys the outdoors is welcome to join us.