Luckily there are places locally that allow nature some free rein. One thing Niagara State Parks is good at is preserving areas as open meadow. They also plant many ornamental grasses too, like shown above.
Many of the trails and paths are allowed to grow uninhibited. I am very fond of these natural sites and walk the trails often, passing bikers, joggers and elderly couples hand in hand, walking leisurely along the trails, admiring the scenery.
I was startled by him, but what he wanted was the same image I was shooting. Below, he is shooting right into the sun with his point and shoot, and I know his photos are going to blow out at this time of day. You can tell by my image of him. But he did take photos from where I was located at first which was a nice view of the entire field and the bright sun was less of a factor.
He said he would have never thought to take that shot of the blue field since he was focused on the gorge. The images below are what he was shooting until he focused on the meadows. If he waited another hour, the sunset is pretty across the river into Canada.
Those images of the blue cloud, aster meadow are coming up shortly, but you can see some of the asters and chicory here also. The image above is one remastered in Topaz, a Photoshop plugin. I usually do not use these filters and effects, but I am trying out the app for consideration. It has some really interesting and artistic effects to try, although I can not figure out how to justify it for my work. It is merely a new toy to play with. But notice how the colors that are imaginatively created with the Graduated Color filter, are very similar to the actual color in the image below. Nature is a remarkable thing.
Taking 30 minutes of my busy work day to walk the trails near my home is both relaxing and rejuvenating. Time to think. During my walks, there is so much to photograph but the time to do it does not always fit into a perfect lighting schedule. One good thing about it is, I do get to the trails at different times of the day, so I have my meadow shots taken right before sunset. The lighting is sometimes favorable earlier and other times a little bright or flat.
But, it does not stop me from taking a few shots anyway. There is always something to catch my eye. I am going to do a month-long look at Whirlpool State Park. The colors are beautiful at this time of year. The soft pinks, blues, lavender, reds, yellows, and tawny golds are amazing. There are so many different berries to find too.
I have a new magazine coming too, called, i On Niagara. It is a look at all the parks, public and private gardens, seminars, across the border, the City, and local attractions. i On Niagara will have a look at my garden as well.
The bright blue sky is always an inspiration. The blue gradation above is natural. It even surprised me, going from light to dark. This field grass was taller than me and I just pointed the camera skyward.
The zebra grasses are seeding now, making little floating stars. I hope you see the park as I see it, and please follow along in the next few weeks, much is in store. The park has garden flowers too, so it will not be all wildflowers and grasses, but the wild parts are my favorite though.
And, please vote for our Word 4 Wednesday word for November 2. They have been submitted by kind bloggers. One of the words was going to be a word I selected if no one submitted, but we have some good ones. In fact, I am voting for one that was newly submitted. If I missed any, or you have a suggestion, let me know and they will be in the next poll. Voting will last one month.
Our next Word 4 Wednesday on October 19 is Evolution. I expanded it to include Evolve too.