Working Autumn

Delta Lake State Park

Driving into the park at Delta Lake on Friday evening I was distracted by the view of the “pond” at the entrance. The reflection of the trees on the water illuminated by the sun definitely held my eye. This is the view across the water to the right from my last post of this area (Golden Reflection). I was determined to get to the beach but promised myself I would return the next day a little earlier to get this reflection.

And surprisingly, I made it to the park yesterday! There was a little more haze in the sky due to a thin cloud layer but there was still a reflection to capture. I parked as close as I could and walked back along the entrance road looking for “the view”. I didn’t have many choices but gave this spot a try…

Autumn Start
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/40s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

Not the image I had in my head. I searched for a better view but the cattails lining this edge of the pond were definitely an obstacle. And why are the mosquitos so nasty! I neglected the repellant thinking the cooler weather would have reduced their numbers. It did not!

I gave a zoomed in view a try hoping if I focused on a smaller section of the reflection it would be what I was trying to achieve. It is a little better but I was not happy losing the little blue in the sky which would balance the yellows of the leaves and sunlight.

Autumn Focus
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/30s, 44mm, f/11, ISO 200

I noticed a pair a of trees behind the branches on the right of the first image that were standing out against the bigger trees. I started thinking I could get a better view if I walk around the pond toward the beach. There is a road heading in the direction I wanted to use. It is for the park rangers but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. I started walking.

I got lucky! I found a spot the rangers must use to explore this pond as there was a small boat pulled up onto the edge of the water. I was able to get right to the water and had the best view of my two trees. I even had natural framing between some trees and cattails. Bonus! I grabbed a few images before the mosquitos drained all my blood.

I felt good. I didn’t get the image that was in my head (I’ll try again soon), but I stayed in the area working different angles. The effort paid off! I’ll have to remember this spot in a couple weeks when the leaves are in full autumn glory.

Autumn Shine
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/50s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

After

Delta Lake State Park

The sun has set. The long day is done. The hectic week is over. After.

I was looking forward to a little tranquility at Delta Lake. To walk the beach, to view the sunset, to listen to the water upon the shore. Unwinding. It was exactly as I wished. I was alone on the beach. I stayed well past the sunset. Decompressing. The color in the sky exploded into a brilliant orange for a few moments. I soaked it in. Recharging. After.

After
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/200s, 100mm, f/11, ISO 200

Tree Glow

Delta Lake State Park

Whew! Saturday and the start of the weekend.

This past week at work was crazy. I never mind putting in the work but when I spend all day running around fighting “fires” and at the end of the day I didn’t touch my to-do list. It is tough!

I know, enough whining! I’ll stop…

It was a beautiful Friday evening. I should have gone to Delta Lake but my new tables arrived early! I finally decided to replace a few items from the house in my living room. When I was done putting everything together and thought to actually eat something the light was gone. I have the rest of the weekend to make up for that though.

Anyway… I was thinking of Delta Lake so I went back to my pics from a week ago. Even looking at them on the screen has a similar affect as being there. I can hear the lap of the water against the shore and the leaves rustling in the trees. If you leave the beach and follow the path through the woods you will find this little alcove. I timed it well to capture the last peek of the sun through the trees.

Sit and enjoy the view before today gets busy…

Tree Glow
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Golden Reflection

Delta Lake State Park

I admit it. I have a problem. I cannot pass up a good reflection. Add to it some beautiful sunset light and I’m stopping every time. I was on my way to the beach area at Delta Lake State Park but this view at the park entrance totally distracted me. I pulled into the parking area for the park office and walked to the edge of the water.

In a few more weeks (sadly, but also eagerly awaiting) this will be a perfect view for autumn colors. One of my favorite autumn images from 2019 is this view. I would have stayed longer exploring this area but the mosquitos were killing me! I ran back to the car to apply generous amounts of repellant and then headed toward the beach. I will be back to this spot soon…

Golden Reflection
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Slipping Away

Delta Lake State Park

I wanted to enjoy the sunset last evening. Another long day at work needed to slip over the horizon. Standing at the edge of the water while the sky filled with the sun’s fading colors was the therapy I needed to recoup my energy. It worked…

Slipping Away
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Delta Lake State Park
Haiku

I know summer isn’t over yet. Although this weekend is typically the “end of summer” at the beach in Delta Lake State Park. There usually is a big bonfire on Labor Day to celebrate the end of the swimming season. I’m not positive if there will be one this year. After this weekend the buoys outlining the swimming areas will be removed and the lifeguard chairs will be put away. The beach will be for sunset gazing only.

Obviously there is more summer to be enjoyed but the symbolic act of closing the beach does get the next season going (in my mind anyway). Maybe it is because I look forward to Autumn each year. Maybe in the past this weekend was the last free weekend for the kids as they head back to school next week. For me though, it is another weekend, but at least it is one with an extra day off.

Summer's Last Hurrah

Sunlight fades to grey
As the beach empties of fun
Summer's last hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200