So this is Arkansas?

Along the Glade Top Trail looking southward at what I believe are the northern hills of the Boston Mountains.  I look forward to exploring more of Arkansas one day.

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“View of Boston Mountains, Autumn 2012″
Technical details: Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 105mm, ISO 100,  f/11, 1/15 sec

Look for it…

“All this you surely will see, and much more, if you are prepared to see it, -if you look for it.  Otherwise, regular and universal as this phenomenon is, whether you stand on the hill-top or in the hollow, you will think for threescore years and ten that all the wood is, at this season, sear and brown.  Objects are concealed from our view, not so much because they are out of the course of our visual ray as because we do not bring our minds and eyes to bear on them; for there is no power to see in the eye itself, any more than in any other jelly.  We do not realize how far and widely, or how near and narrowly, we are to look.  The greater part of the phenomena of Nature are for this reason concealed from us all our lives.”

-Henry David Thoreau-

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“More Painted Leaves″
Technical details: Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 75mm, ISO 100,  f/11, 1/13 sec

Painted Leaves

“October is the month of painted leaves.  Their rich glow now flashes around the world.  As fruit and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting.  October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.”

-Henry David Thoreau-

More and more I’m beginning to appreciate HDT’s recurring theme of matching the development and maturity of flowers, fruits and even leaves and shoots of plants together as analogous cycles in nature.  This is an idea he writes about in several pieces.  In the passage above, he takes it a step further and shows the similarities the course of seasons within the year has with the progression of a single day.  Simple, but I like it.  The colors and changes so dramatic in spring and fall are like those of sunrise/sunset.  The high sun and heat of the day are so like a long, hot temperate summer, while winter is of course equated to night.  Of course, this metaphor only makes sense in the temperate zones of our planet, but I like it.

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“Painted Leaves″
Technical details: Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 100mm, ISO 100,  f/13, 1/10 sec