Since my last field note we had snow in the mountains but this last week we have had many warm days with some frost at night. Yesterday it was almost 70 degrees. The Larch trees have turned and are getting ready to release their gold.
I continue to photograph leaves. Wandering through rocks and fallen branches in shallow parts of Big Knife Creek I was drawn to the enfolding of color and an elegance in the shapes and textures.
I also wandered along shadier parts of Big Knife where just a little sun came through the forest and bright reflections of leaves and sky brought color to the darkness.
Sometimes the layers of chokecherry, rocky mountain maple, service berry, hawthorn and willow along the small canal are suffused with a subtle radiance. I feel softened by this light.