The Illusion of Tomorrow

There is a red maple tree down near Mill Landing that has to be one of THE most beautiful I’ve ever seen.


I drove by it a week ago, and after hearing a weather report for tropical storms I knew that I needed to get there soon and capture the tree’s autumnal attire at its peak.

In my short time as a photographer I haven’t always seized the moment; missing many, many images that can never be recreated.

So the following morning, early, I grabbed the camera and headed straight for the tree.

And it was a perfect morning: the early sun’s rays were pouring through the surrounding trees, and the yellow-red maple leaves looked like they were on fire!


No one was around, so I relaxed and got more than a few good captures of the beauty I saw.


The very next day, I passed by the tree after we’d had more wind and rain overnight.

A few dozen leaves still clung to the lowest of its branches, bare limbs glowed starkly in the setting sun’s light, and a yellow-red carpet now covered the ground.

I sincerely hope that a red maple tree has forever etched in my mind the ephemeral nature of “the moment”; the illusion that there will always be a tomorrow.


Take the shot now…   ❤

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Keep Looking Up

The light was fading with the setting sun as I headed out late on my walk the other evening.

Much of the bright fall color had already been extinguished for the night.

And then I looked up, and noticed the top layer of someone’s burning bush.

The leaves, fiery red, were burning as brightly as I’ve ever seen them.


All I could do was smile.

Note to self: Keep looking up.  😉

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First Leaf Peeper Spotted on Cape Cod

We get a lot of visitors here on the Cape in autumn.

They make their pilgrimage without fail every year to witness the brilliantly colored leaves along the marshes and ponds.

I spotted my very first leaf peeper the other day.


This particular leaf peeper seemed to be quite the expert, with the keenest eyes and the sharpest focus I have ever seen.

And no binoculars required.


I could see that she had a real gift for picking out the best leaves.

She wasn’t the only one.


All in all, my leaf peeper appeared to be pleased by what she saw as she sniffed the air and –

Well, as you can plainly see —

Smiled.

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