Last Days of Autumn
Schoharie County, New York.
The Leatherstocking region of New York is a landscape of hardwood forests and wetlands, giving way to acres and acres of rolling hills and farmland, cleared centuries ago for crops and cattle. There are big operations, but mostly it's family farms, in various states of repair. In November, the harvest is in and the fields turned over. But pleasant weather often wears late into the month--gentle autumn days of diffuse light. I like to lose myself on the backroads out here, although it's hard to really get lost if you have an inner compass and know a few landmarks. So often, the light flees before you can find a good place with a suitable subject, but this evening I was blessed--a few minutes before sundown as I crested a rise, the fields and barns were raked by the last wavelengths of the day. I'll find it again, but I'll only be lucky enough to find it this way once.