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THE COLORS OF AUTUMN

The rolling hills and valleys seen in the photo are part of Lee’s Hill, named after a battle that took place during the American Civil War (1861-‘65). On a numbingly cold few days during December of 1862, over a hundred thousand soldiers — equally divided between General Lee’s Confederate Forces (South) and General Grant’s Union Forces (North) — faced each other in mortal combat. The South won the Battle, but the North won the War. History has shown that in the long run both sides won, since the United States survived as a union. It is a poignant view, at the same time beautiful and sad.

Once before, late in the winter of 2009, I had posted a photo of this scene, looking north toward Washington, DC, 80 km (50 miles) away. In that photo, IN LIKE A LION, a thick blanket of snow was seen covering the landscape. A pond, too small to even have a name, could be seen through snow-shrouded shrubbery, and a beech tree with leaves still brown and shriveled from the previous fall, hung from otherwise bare branches. Those leaves and a blue sky represented the only vestiges of color. 


The present photograph celebrates the colors of autumn, with a Burning Bush Shrub in the front yard providing the dominant red, and variations of green the complementary colors of the rest of the scene.

I recently created a new group theme, Symphonies in Color, adding this photo into the collection. The expression, "A symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here. I welcome other TE members to add to the theme.

Nikon D200, ISO 200. Lens: 28 mm setting on a 28-200mm auto Nikkor lens. Shot in RAW. 12.30 on a foggy day.

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