Connors, New Brunswick

It’s a holiday Monday in Canada, so a brief entry today.

I found it very difficult to photograph the autumn colours of eastern North America. Leaving aside the challenges of weather (often rainy or misty), it seemed impossible for me to capture the magnitude of the scenery before me. Today’s image only presents one small section of a hillside, giving only the barest hint to the diversity of colour and form.

Connors, New Brunswick

27 responses to “Connors, New Brunswick”

  1. He Who Lives With Yankees

    I agree with your assessment. And sometimes “bare hints” are all that’s needed.

  2. Meg Bernstein

    It’s so extraordinary in the Adirondacks, that I know just what you mean. The photo is lovely.

  3. Mandy Macdonald

    Happy holiday! I for one am giving thanks (from Scotland) for this website — a daily joy.

  4. annie Morgan

    Having travelled through New Brunswick by train many many times, your photo brought back so many pleasant memories.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  5. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Beautiful. This reminds me of Fall trips into the ‘cottage country’ of Ontario, in and around Algonquin Park, when I was a child of about 10 or 12. At the peak of Fall colour, the hillsides were covered in vivid red, yellow, orange, green — and I imagined that each entire tree had turned into a flower. I recall being on a lake in a small boat surrounded by brightly-coloured hills, and I imagined looking at hillsides covered with ‘tree-flowers’.

  6. Connie

    I love the way the birch trunks stand out against the orange foliage in your picture.

  7. Bonnie Knutsen

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends. . When I think of Canada, I always remember the brave Canadian diplomats who risked their own lives to help our embassy people escape from Iran in 1980. The US will never have a better friend in the world of nations than Canada.

  8. Bruce Baillie

    yes, happy thanksgiving, i have just returned home from the interior where i was falling pine beetle dead ponderosa from my friends property. I have returned with a trailer of firewood to my family safe and sound and for this I am thankful. the fall colours are glorious. at the beginning of the weekend I went for a mountain bike ride in Kane valley x-country ski area, near Aspen grove B.C. The aspens there were gold and lime green and every hue in between. When I drove Hwy. 5a back to Kane valley two days later; with my buddy Mc Laren in tow, to do some more riding. The same aspens overnight had gone from brilliant colour to rusty brown. I had no idea the trees could change that quickly with only one night of sub zero weather! anyways, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from scotland to Vancouver and all those giving thanks. Bruce.

  9. Mike Savich

    If you find it difficult, then do not do it. Your photo is not very good. Use a polarizing lens. Do not push the season either. It is still a little early.

  10. b moro

    Mike, please. This site is not necessarily about ‘perfect’ pictures. Sometimes a glimpse is all one needs. The overall standard of photography here is excellent, but one of the main points of the site is to get glimpses of many plants and viewings of scenery that the less travelled among us cannot obtain. Thank you to everyone, and especially Daniel, for that.

  11. Janet A.

    Daniel, please ignore Mike’s comment. It’s a lovely and pleasant early-fall picture–especially for those of us in Southern California who seldom get to see the leaves change. The picture looks real, unlike some that use lenses that make the colors too bright! Thanks for sharing the photo.

  12. Irma

    The Swedish poet Karlsfeldt wrote: (Sorry for the poor translation)
    “Now is the proud spring unfolded,
    the spring that the weak call fall.
    Now the moor is blooming red with heather
    and the river’s breast is white with lilies”
    All the colors of the fall is a lift for the soul even if it so fleeting and blown away in the slightest breeze. Then come a few months when i fell to do like the bears and retreat to the hibernating den and emerge in the beginning of March. That is when the sun returns to Sweden and the days get longer again.
    During that time I am eagerly looking forward to the picture of the day to brighten up my life. Thanks so much!

  13. chico

    Thanks for taking the time, on a holiday, to post a lovely photo. So….do Canadians eat turkey on T’Giving too? 😉
    I love Bonnie Knutsen’s comments….could not agree more! Actually, I love all of the comments, except the critical one, of course. Always so much fun to read the comments and feedback, great group!

  14. elizabeth a airhart

    happy thanksgiveing from florida usa
    i am so thankful for botony a day
    a big thank you to daniel
    oh the motionless branches of some trees
    autum berries hung like clusters of coral beads
    as in those fabled orchards where the fruits
    were jewls charles dickens
    i stood on top of mount washington and watched
    the glorys of colors unfold beneath me bon jour

  15. Eric in SF

    Mike – would you accept an invitation into a stranger’s home, take the offered comfy place to sit and then tell the person providing you with hospitality that their house is ugly?
    There is a time and a place for artistic criticism and you chose the wrong time and place.

  16. Margaret-Rae Davis

    This same thing is happening in Western Massachusetts and across into Lower Vermont. We seem to be lacking the red colous this year. The few bright organe and red colours fell to the ground in the rains we had last week. Each Autumn is different and one came always find one beautiful tree.
    Thank you,
    Margaret-Rae

  17. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Well put, Eric in SF.
    What comes to mind is ‘looking the gift-horse in the mouth’.
    Not only are these pages a gift, but the primary point is botany, not photographic critique (although photography is a secondary interest for many of us).
    However, I fear that this kind of sensitivity and judgement cannot be taught, not easily, anyway. The web provides limitless opportunities for people to make negative comments, if that’s what they’re looking to do.
    Thanks, Daniel, for taking time on a Thanksgiving holiday to remind us of the beauty of the natural world.

  18. cody

    Daniel,
    You could try creating “panoramas” by stitching photos together with software after the fact. This kind of approach used to be create pretty ugly looking results, but the software has improved a lot. Photoshop CS4 has an excellent algorithm for merging photos, which accessible from the File > Automate > Photomerge menu item.

  19. Wendy

    I for one learn by doing so I always vote for that. What I love about the photo is how the composition passes in three distinct waves grounded in the trees, dissolving into cloud vapor and resolving to blue sky. I figure that no picture can truly relate the experience of being surrounded and towered over by brilliant fall color. Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. Jan

    One day I am going to get there, one day I am going to get there , one day I am going to get there.
    Do you think if i say it loud enough and often enough, I will someday be able to afford a trip to see your Fall season for real?
    I can not imagine the immensity of the colour and scale of the landscape.

  21. Chris

    It’s overwhelming isn’t it?

  22. Randa

    Daniel, I entirely understand your comment on the magnitude of the scenery. I drove through the Eastern Townships in Quebec on the weekend, my mouth agape at the astoundingly beautiful panorama of sweeping hills cloaked in deep yellows, rust, and orange, interspersed with the deep green of soaring pines. Just lovely…as is your photo.

  23. Mary Hamilton

    Once in the fall from the window of an airplane returning from Europe, I could not believe my eyes. We in the northeast are so privileged. I would not want to live anywhere else.

  24. Brandy

    Daniel, I enjoy each and every picture I get from BPOTD. Some are pretty, some are amazing, some are, meh, neither here nor there necessarily, but I ENJOY each and every one of them and I thank you and your peeps for sharing this free, welcomed, stress-free (except for negative comments) site. Thank you for what you give us.

  25. De Kemist

    One thing i’m sure you captured the scene from a good elevation making it a perfect picture.Thanks for sharing.

  26. Sam

    For panoramas, try Hugin Panorama photo stitcher. It’s open-source, free software and does a great job!
    Just remember to rotate the camera around its focal point, not its center of mass for panoramas with a large depth of field (otherwise, you get nasty parallax errors):
    http://www.techimo.com/photo/showphoto.php/photo/9727/cat/all/ppuser/265

  27. Sally

    I live for this time of the year. Growning up in this area has allowed me to truly love the changing of the colors…

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