I finally hauled myself out of bed early this morning for a short walk at Paintsville Lake. It was quiet and beautiful, with the early morning light, calm water, woods, and fog. Beauty, like Art, like Literature, like God, is a mystery, and one that we should strive, not necessarily to understand, but simply to appreciate and experience. And, of course, if we have a camera handy. . .
I love October. The cool mornings make coffee extra good. Spiders apparently agree. When I pulled a bag of coffee from the special dark cubbyhole in my kitchen yesterday, I felt a tickling in my hand. It was a big spider. I took him outside (after I stopped screaming), to join his mates, like those that made these webs.
Another good thing about October mornings – fog! I went to one of my favorite places today, near Printer here in Floyd County.
For some reason, autumn always kindles my interest in building a model railroad layout. I had not felt the urge yet this year. That may have changed this morning.
I had forgotten that the Red White and Blue Festival was this weekend in Martin. It wrapped up yesterday, but there were still reminders.
After I took that overlook shot of Martin above, I turned around and was reminded of one of the most important rules in photography. When you have finished taking the picture, turn around!
It seems like it has rained most of the month. A landslide across US 23 between Prestonsburg and Pikeville has sent me on one and a half hour detours to get to and from work this week. One of the detours, on John’s Creek, revealed a good number of lovely farms, and this interesting church:
One of the interesting features of my Fujifilm X-T1 camera is the ability to replicate, more or less, numerous Fujifilm films. That’s right, the company’s cameras have built-in settings to emulate, more or less, the company’s films. Probably no film was more used by landscape and National Geographic photographers in the 1990s than Velvia, with its rich, sharp, punchy slides overflowing with color and contrast. I shot these pictures of some flowers in Ann’s garden using the Velvia setting on the camera, as one of several rain showers on Saturday was receding.
And I took these pictures a little later just below the dam at Paintsville Lake.
I went to the German Bridge area of Dewey Lake this morning – the fairly remote headwaters of the Lake. The temperature was cool, in the mid-forties, but the fog was already lifting off the water when I arrived. Also, despite some recent rain, the water level was still low with lots of sandy banks and deltas in the creeks. Still, I saw some interesting sights.