Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Morning Light


Yesterday I wrote that I want to spend more mornings at the lake, and today I did just that. Right after I had dropped off Kaefer at school I went to the lake when the sun wasn't even up behind the hills. The sky already showed some change as you can see in the picture above, but it was still rather dull.

However, that changed very soon.


The sun was hitting the mountains behind the lake and the light was reflected in the water. So beautiful. Since the storms in December there have been a lot of branches, tree trunks etc. floating in the lake; I could also see quite some damage.


This one is for Texture Tuesday: I turned the original photo to black & white, brushed the color back on the floating tree and did some levels and saturation adjustments. Then I layered the photo with kk_yesteryear in color burn at 75% because I liked the dramatic effect. Another levels adjustment on the texture only so that the image is not too dark.

The real stunners though were on the other side of the lake:



You might think we're still in autumn and not in January - this is how our trees look like in winter. When the first sun hits them in the morning they glow and are quite breath taking.

This cooked tree has always been my favorite and it's a lovely foreground for the trees on the other side:


I am linking up with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday - if you follow the link you can see some stunning photo artwork! And if you want to see how others capture the light, please go to Nature Footstep and her Catching Light meme.



19 comments:

Cheri said...

It does look very much like Fall! So do the leaves drop in the Spring for new growth?

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

Fantastic set of images, the reflections are perfect....

John's Island said...

Beautiful scenery. Nice work on the photos!

Cranberry Morning said...

What beautiful views! BTW, I think that knitting boot cuffs is a great idea. I should do some of those to get back into knitting. :-)

Miss Val's Creations said...

The photos are beautiful Carola! The golds of the trees definitely remind me of Fall. Your Texture Tuesday photo is so serene.

TexWisGirl said...

really pretty color!!!

Odd Moon Designs said...

So pretty - love the colors and watery reflections.

abrianna said...

Beautiful-my favorites are the log with the texture and the ones showcasing the golden trees-but they are all lovely.

Dotti said...

It does look like 'our' fall and those reflections in the lake are just beautiful!

Suzette Rothlisberger said...

Beautiful work!

Nancy said...

Your shots are just amazing. As I was looking at them I realized how much light affects everything for the better..

Elephant's Child said...

Morning light is one of my very favourite times. Morning light over water? Bliss.

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful shots of the scenery, and I really like the reflections. There's no time like early morning!

Linda Kay said...

Incredible reflections in the water. Some beautiful pictures, Carola

gina said...

What a wonderful outing, Carola! The lake is a real treasure, and you've captured some beautiful images. A well-timed visit.

windrock studio said...

Beautiful! So happy you made it back to your lake, such a special place.

see you there! said...

Your photo's of the reflections are beautiful. Looks like such a great spot to spend some time in nature.

Darla

smiles, Sharon said...

You must love reliving this beautiful site through your images. A favorite time of year...now probably covered with frost and snow. The warmth of autumn is always lovely to look at. Your crooked tree is just pure fun to see. Thank you for sharing.

Michele Matucheski said...

Beautiful pictures with morning light! It's amazing what we can see if we just open our eyes and look -- It helps to go someplace pretty like this, too! -- Michele at Sweet Leaf