Monday, September 30, 2013

Things seen in Fall by the falls

Yesterday was one of those Fall days which inspires me to wish that Fall lasted half the year, or more -- crisp, clear air, bright sunshine pouring through leaves doing their annual costume change. I took the opportunity to bicycle up to Florence, where I picked up a sandwich for lunch, then continued on to my old stomping grounds of Leeds, where Jeannine and I lived for a few years. My intention was to sit at one of my favorite spots and eat my lunch, and that's what I did, perched on the old stone work wall above the Leeds dam and waterfall.

I spent most of that time gazing at the lovely reflections in the river…

... and for a short time was mesmerized by the pattern of the spray of water off a log which had gone over the dam and lodged in the falls below...

… but I also got an unexpected treat, due to the fact that I had picked just the right time to see INTO the river -- the sun was at the perfect angle to allow me to look down into the water and see the bottom of the river quite clearly from my seat on the edge of the dam, without reflections getting in the way.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement in the water below me, something swimming, something large. (It's visible just to the left of center of this photo.)

I managed to get a fairly decent shot of it -- a large fish, which I think was a trout. 

I rarely see these, especially the big ones, as they tend to be wary and keep to the deeper water. -- PL


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend a fall afternoon.Thank you for sharing.

Chris Parlon said...

Great pictures. There's nothing better than seeing creatures in the wild. I went crazy seeing all the seals don't the Cape this year.

Mark H said...

At first glance I thought your first picture was a painting by Claude Monet. The ripples in the water tricked my eyes into seeing his thick, colorful brush strokes. That is neat. The pictures of the rainbow trout are pretty impressive too. Great pictures Pete. Thank you for sharing.