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Old Oct 30, 2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Autumn leaf colors in the DC area

have been pretty brief. But when I drive to work I avoid the busy highways, taking a side road that passes by a State park. I'd been glimpsing a group of trees with good autumn colors but I was going by way too early to photograph them. So this morning (Saturday) I was able to hike over there not too long after sunrise, and shoot them.



The light was quirky and 20 minutes after I shot this, hazy clouds hid the sun and that lighting was gone.

On the way over there the sun peeked through the trees and illuminated very recent evidence of the work of the furry lumberjacks that live in lodges they have created at the edges of the lake. (This is the lighting as I saw it when I walked by.)



In the mid 1850s, German immigrants came to the Washington DC area and settled north of the city. The area eventually became referred to by the locals as (are you ready for this? ) Germantown. This is one of the first log cabins to have been built there:



The Germantown area was pretty sleepy for almost a century, and then at the beginning of the Cold War became well known among locals as the location of the headquarters of the Atomic Energy Commission. (The AEC built the nuclear bombs that SAC carried, to deter the Soviet Union from a First Strike. Yes, folks did think that way back then.) So I enjoyed taking this photo for contrast from what transpired in that area a century later...

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PS: I do miss the autumn red leaf colors I used to shoot years ago in my film days, in southwestern Wisconsin.

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Like them all but especially the log cabin...

Liked the commentary as well...
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Tks, Wizzard

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Ted: Thanks for the shots and the informative story. Good to see you posting some images. You need to go back and see if you can actually catch a beaver at work on a tree. That would be so cool.
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Ted, great shots I missed most of the color because of work and storms.
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Ted, great shots I missed most of the color because of work and storms.
I understand. What part of the country do you live in? The entire autumn almost passed me by in the DC area, for the same reasons you mentioned.

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Ted: Thanks for the shots and the informative story. Good to see you posting some images. You need to go back and see if you can actually catch a beaver at work on a tree. That would be so cool.
Steven, you have no idea how hard that would be. Beavers are nocturnal animals. Even if I had a camera that could shoot them at night and if their locations were open at night, no way would I be willing to walk along forest trails at night risking a sprained or broken ankle.

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I understand. What part of the country do you live in? The entire autumn almost passed me by in the DC area, for the same reasons you mentioned.

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I am in NW Indiana, right on Lake Michigan
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Steven, you have no idea how hard that would be. Beavers are nocturnal animals. Even if I had a camera that could shoot them at night and if their locations were open at night, no way would I be willing to walk along forest trails at night risking a sprained or broken ankle.

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See, I'm not too old to learn something new.
I did not know they were nocturnal. I just remember the Saturday morning cartoon shows as a kid, and the beavers chewing down trees.
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Edge - I understand - I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Your area really dodged a bullett in that last storm, compared to the rest of the Great Lakes region.

I've seen fall colors in a lot of the US over the years. Dunno if you know this, but one of the best places is southwest Wisconsin - more red leaves mixed with the yellow and green, than anywhere else I've seen. Other places in mountain areas may have equal or better scenery, but not better autumn colors.

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