On Sunday morning I was, once again, up and out the door at 5am. I've been doing that a bit lately, as we are in the middle of fall color season.
This year has been interesting, in regards to the fall colors. The higher elevations, at least around Bishop Creek, produced some incredible color very early. But as the middle elevations turned, much of it just went brown. My guess is that this is due to the incredibly dry winter and summer we had.
But there are still are a few patches of good color to be found. And that was what I went looking for on Sunday. As is often the case in my world, I didn't find much. Producing photos isn't as easy as people think! And there is a lot of luck and timing involved. Unfortunately, this means I often end up “taking my camera for a walk”. That is, I just end up wandering around, and my camera doesn't even come out of its case.
But every once in a while, I do find something. And every once in a while, it is surprising. As was the case on Sunday.
I was wandering through a small stand of aspens, giving up on finding much color, when all of a sudden there was a rush of wings over my head. I had, presumably, woken up an owl. He landed on a branch, about 40 feet off the ground, and watched me.
So, suddenly, my quest to photograph leaves was gone, and my new challenge for the day was to catch some pictures of this owl, without disturbing him even more. I think I managed to accomplish that. He allowed to me get somewhat close, and seemed OK with my presence. Always keeping an eye on me, though.....
My personal favorite: