photo of the month
from randy kato


In the spirit of the season, here's a photo I ambiguously call "Fall."

Some friends and I were hiking in the Delaware Water Gap (named not for the state, but for the Delaware River that separates New Jersey and Pennsylvania). It was a chilly, wet, overcast day that was not optimal for picture taking. Cold/gloved hands made it harder to shoot, and there was no clear blue sky & autumn sun to bring the colors of the leaves to life.

However, there was this nice little waterfall, fortified by recent rain. The surrounding rocks were damp and darkened, and the leaves were scattered over the scene so perfectly it almost looked artificial.

So there I was with no tripod, crouching on the wet ground, bracing my camera against a slick mossy rock to keep it still for an exposure long enough to capture the motion of the falling water. It took a few tries, but I think I got it.

The folks at TreeHugger seem to agree as they selected it as the 'cover' shot for their Readers' Fall Foliage Slideshow.


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