Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fire and Ice


The morning after Thanksgiving broke frosty and densely foggy.  As soon as I got out of bed and recognized the photographic potential of the morning, I hurriedly dressed and ventured out into the grasslands to capture the incandescent dawn. 

8 comments:

robin andrea said...

Beautiful! Love light and fog.

Jain said...

Fog works its magic... so pretty!

Scott said...

Robin Andrea: Thanks for your positive feedback! I'm sitting right on 40 degrees North.

Scott said...

Jain: Good to hear from you! I don't usually have enough time in the morning (when it's foggy) to go out to gather images. So, I took full advantage of a fortuitous alignment of meteorological events and time off work.

Carolyn H said...

Lovely fog photos! I didn't have a bit of that over my way. Just clouds and overcast.

Scott said...

What a shame you weren't able to enjoy a beautiful day, Carolyn! The fog lifted about 10 a.m., and the rest of the day was gorgeous (see subsequent post).

packrat said...

Scott: Fabulous images. I'm starting to think you should make a calendar from these beautiful photos and sell said calendar at your visitors center. Is there a visitors center?

Scott said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Packrat. We've had calendars in the past and they were a good way to promote the organization when it was just getting off the ground in the early 70s, but everybody and his/her brother gives away calendars now, so we don't think it would be a good use of our resources to try to sell them. We've considered it.

For the last two years, we've had a photo contest. The first year, photos had to be taken on one weekend in October at the height of autumn. Just this past year, photos could be taken during the month of May. The images were professionally judged and shown at a public slide program. There are some darn good photographers around here, and some of the winning images were stunning. I didn't enter either contest (though, in my humble opinion, a few of my landscape images rivaled those that won).

We do have a visitor center located in an old horse barn on the property. The original conversion from barn-to-center was completed in the early 70s, and the place was getting decidedly "tired." So, I rustled up some grants, and my board members twisted some arms, and we raised enough money (about $300,000) for a major renovation and update this year. In fact, we just completed the job a few weeks ago. Everyone is satisfied with the results (or people are keeping their negative opinions to themselves).