"Fall in Love" is a new release from BODHI SMITH...
"if i were the trees, i would have my leaves transform to yellow and let them light up the sky with golden shade at sunset, and then they would circle about your head as they float down, falling in piles at your feet, so that you might know this wonder of falling in love" ― bodhinku
on this first day of fall today, pictured here is the old boardman tree farm on an overcast, calm, and windless morning...and the type of trees grown here are pacific albus, a hybrid of 4 or 5 different poplar trees...it is about 2.5 hours east of portland, oregon, just south of the 84. it is a great drive that mostly follows the south bank of the columbia river. i love the tunnel effect here, a beautiful progressive rhythm with a pathway to the door of light, a leading line to take you into the image which is reminiscent of many of my pier images, only this time it is with trees...
"every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree" ― emily bronte
nikon d810, nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
iso-64, 33mm at f/11 for 33 secs
10/03/2016 at 7:01 am (sunrise)
filters: progrey genesis 3.0nd, progrey genesis .6gnd, progrey genesis .3gnd (inverted)
with this composition being a long exposure of 33 seconds to help saturate the colors of the orange and yellow leaves a bit more, a tripod was an absolute necessity, needed to be able to hold the camera absolutely still for the duration of the lens being open...i used a dolica 70" carbon fiber tripod....for me, this shot would never have been possible without my friends daniel and april at dolica tripods.
sad and discouraging as this beauty id disappearing, to where only pictures like this will remain of what once was...because now unfortunately, this tree farm was sold to potato and dairy farmers a couple years ago, and the trees are in the process of being cut down...there is still time to visit from what i hear, but you will see that large portions have already been cut down. and i am not sure how many, if any of the trees are still standing now as i type this...photographers who have come here year after year have said it has now changed so much, and not for the better. and right now there is not much left, so this might be the final year before they are all gone unless they decide to leave a few groves standing... two years ago, i was able to walk on the property with permission from one of the foremen who was working there, but now i hear you are no longer allowed on the property (it’s considered trespassing), the tree farm was massive at about 20 square miles. numerous public paved and dirt roads cut across the groves, so you could explore and access much of the expanse fairly easily. many images could be found from the road's edge with no need to walk on the property. but i am not sure how strict they are now with any photographic access with the sale of all the land, or even how many of the trees are left, sadly...
i have actually had this composition in my archives for almost 2 years.... just never processed it for who know why...i have tons of beautiful images in my archives i need to process one day, all captured from all my various trips around the globe these past 5 years...
"just as a leaf know it is time, in the autumn, it embraces change, as it fearlessly lets go of the safety of the tree, falls and dances to where it needs to be...such a beautiful metaphor for all of us... just let go, dance, and fall in love with life's changes"― bodhinku
today, it is the first day of fall, the autumnal equinox is upon us here in the northern hemisphere, equal parts of sunlight and darkness today...likewise enjoy the balance in your own life, but embrace the journey of changes that lay in front of you...i love trees, i love to hope, i love color, i love magic, i love beauty, i love romance, i love hidden meaning...with the trees and leaves pictured here on this first day of fall, this image has all of that and more...i hope you fall in love too...
"falling in love isn’t a process.
you can’t plan for it in advance
or anticipate its arrival.
love strikes in single moments.
one day you catch a glimpse of them
gardening in the sun
or singing tunelessly in a shower
and you think to yourself,
oh, i could spend all my life with you." ― beau taplin
"as the leaves in the fall let go of their resistance to the changing seasons, to their branches, to their pasts and fly into the Fall air, so do we all in the autumn and this one is especially so with a vibrant changing tapestry during this time which has the power to bring about an entirely new landscape into our lives....the energy of the autumn mirrors this inward journey as we shift our attention from the external world and begin to make our descent into the darkness once more. this is not a time to mourn the end of summer, but to embrace the changing of the tides; the death and rebirth in the seasons, and of the self in a colorful and vibrant way. autumn leaves tumble to the earth below and show no fear in the dance from branch to ground. they know the time has come, they feel it deep within; the time to evolve with the changing season is here. in the coming twilight, we open to the transformation that flows and surrender to this time of celebrating what was, grieving what has ended and opening to all that has yet to be. So they let go of the branch and fly into the unknown embracing the icy winds and uncertain horizons. the time to surrender to the fall has come once more. i wish you much love and light upon your colorful journey" ― c. ara campbell
“i think that i shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree.
a tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
a tree that looks at god all day
and lifts her leafy arms to pray;
a tree that may in summer wear
a nest of robins in her hair;
upon whose bosom snow has lain;
who intimately lives with rain.
poems are made by fools like me,
but only god can make a tree.” ― joyce kilmer
"i think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time." ― joseph beuys
"knowing trees, i understand the meaning of patience..." ― hal borland
"the tree which moves one person to tears of joy, is in the eyes of others only a colorful thing that stands in the way...but to the eyes of the man of imagination, a tree is imagination itself" ― william blake
"how beautifully leaves grow old. how full of light and color are their last days." ― george burns
"the difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary one is only a matter of perspective. pull the blinds. look around you. it is a weird, wonderful world and you do not require a ten digit bank account to immerse yourself in it. travel down dusty roads without a destination in mind. climb a mountain and scream out into the void. get lost and lose yourself (these are two separate things). explore the wilderness (particularly the one within). think less of destiny and more of the moment right here. because in the end, as you reflect back on your life in that hospital bed, surrounded by all of your family and friends, fame won’t matter, nor will the extent of your wealth. you are only the sum of the stories you can tell." ― beau taplin
"stop the world. slow down everything. shut off the noise. relax. seize this moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colors of light that envelope you. see the melody and harmony that floats about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence within your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith. this is my world." ― bodhinku
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