Shortcuts, Missed Trails, Soft Light, Woody Scenes

Dear Diary,

I found a shortcut today, one of those little paths you notice but never take for some reason. We’ve lived here for three years and have, like most people in the neighborhood, taken advantage of easy access to a private golf course up a road a little. It’s surrounded by woods and dirt roads, and it’s a good place for the dogs to run. During the summer we stick to the woods, but in the winter after it snows it’s okay to walk on the greens. At least no one has said otherwise so far.

So this little path cuts between some houses and gets me to the golf course much sooner than my normal route, which means I can let the dog run sooner, better all around. I won’t turn this into a fortune cookie, but I should have looked down that damn path when I first saw it.

The light was soft, the air still, good for the woody scenes I like to photograph.

Here’s a shot just before finding the shortcut, which is to the right after the big tree.

As I approached the tree one crow flew off but the other braved it out…

Winter color is usually more subtle than summer color, but I like it.

A backlit leaf.

Red pines on the course.

One of my signature busy scenes.

Same scene, now with a hint of sun.

I like to find repeating lines, as with the swoop of the branches and the hill.

That Time of Year

Who doesn’t like fall? Well, some people. To them fall is the Sunday of seasons, nice, but still a depressing and even stressful reminder of what is to come. I won’t try to dig too deep into it because that’s where bad writing awaits. Fall is here.

The Superior Municipal Forest

I’d like to spend more time in this great forest in Superior, Wisconsin, but the hiking trails are non-existent. There are some cross-country ski trails that are so-so to walk on, like grassy roads. I had to resort to bushwacking for this shot….
The Superior Municipal forest

A Few Recent (More or Less) Landscapes

This one’s a little on the typical side, but it worked and it’s always nice to get one that works…

A little dim and moody and busy, but that’s the woods for you…

Devil’s Club bramble, not a great passage. I once suffered blood poisoning after thwacking a knuckle on the stuff…

Our ever present water…