Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall and Nature

It's nothing spectacular but these are some nature shots I took while I was out with my son and daughter at Whitnall Park and Wehr Nature Center.

This was my first glimpse at the golf course nearby the trail. There were some Canadian geese chilling under the trees. They moved away after my daughter and I got close to the trees to take pictures. If I wasn't so distracted with my daughter I would have snapped a couple pix of these little guys as well. 

I know nothing about trees and their species but I couldn't help myself but take pictures of their lovely colors.

Just had to get a shot of a Jack O Lantern for that Halloween vibe. Too bad my kids are too old for trick or treat. I would have loved to capture the spirit of Halloween on camera as well.

I just recently found out about this little waterfall nearby. I wished I had known about it sooner.

So the sunset was looking nice but I have yet to learn how set my camera to take the perfect shot. Will need to practice on that.

This is a lovely spot in the park. It's just a few steps from the waterfall so you can hear the relaxing sound of flowing water and this bench is faced toward the sunset so if you are feeling romantic or nostalgic, it's a good place to unwind and let your spirit flow with the beauty of nature.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Pictures With My Son

I had to work last Saturday but Sunday was free so I made another effort to go out there again. This session was taken just a week after the ones I did with my daughter and you can already tell the leaves are looking a little dead and aren't as yellow as the week before. It's a little bummer but still got some pretty good shots. Ideally, I wanted all of my kids to come so I can have pictures of them together but they weren't very cooperative so I manage to only convince my oldest to tag along. Again we went to Whitnall Park and Wehr Nature Center.

My son was driving and we were looking for a good spot for pictures. After I asked him to turn into a parking lot and we were about to turn around the other way, I glanced behind the parking area and saw lots of pretty trees and leaves so I made him stop and told him we're going to just take some pictures right there.

There was a little hill with the sun slightly peeping through the top of the trees. Perfect lighting conditions. We had a lot of shade and light for some awesome pictures.

I saw a fairly big tree trunk a little more up the hill so we walked up some more and I asked him to sit on it. It couldn't ask for a more perfect location. I love this pic.

After we walked back down from the hill, there was an area close to the parking that had lots of picnic tables. So we stopped there for some more pictures.

Same spot I was with my daughter a week earlier...leaves are turning brown already :(

There was a couple benches there at the edge of the lake. The view is beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing.

At last the waterfall! My daughter and I missed out, we were too pooped out to go there after the long walk through the trail last week.

Here I was with my son and it was getting dark so I had some trouble getting good clear shot at him. The flash looked too unnatural, and with not enough natural light I had to bumped the exposure and ISO. It killed the image quality. After several tries, I managed to take some decent shots but they really lack the sharpness I'm looking for. Gonna have to try this again another day.

Fall Pictures With My Daughter

Fall is such a beautiful season but for us in the midwest, it comes and goes quickly. The best time to go out there and take awesome pictures of the pretty colors is mid-October. The leaves change color quickly once October rolls around and toward the end of the month most of the leaves have fallen off their trees.

Work has been pretty crazy this month and we had to work some weekends, which made it harder for me to get out. Every day when I drive to work, I panic as I see less and less leaves on their trees...I knew I had to get out there ASAP before they're all gone with the wind.

A couple weeks ago I had the weekend off so I took my daughter out for a stroll at Whitnall Park, which is just minutes away from where we live. We went for a walk at Wehr Nature Center. It's got a nice trail that goes around a lake and also has a little waterfall. It's beautiful and peaceful and the fall colors just add more charm and serenity to the landscape.

As soon as we walked in, there was bright yellow trees and yellow leaves everywhere! It felt somewhat magical and you could hear the sound of the leaves breaking off their branches and falling down. These were some of the best shots from that day.

There was a golf course nearby the trail and when I saw it I was like O-M-G let's go take some pictures over that hill! And let's hope no one throws us a golf ball, lol.

It was a bit windy and her hair was blowing all over the place so didn't get that many good shots.

I was exhausted and starving at the end of the day, I almost couldn't walk back to my car. And I got sore from walking but I'm still pretty happy that we went out and came back with some beautiful pictures to share.

Did you take any fall pictures? I'd love to see them if possible :)