Nature's Supreme Artistry by David McMahon

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This shot of low-growing foliage was taken during a day hike through Kluane National Park in the Yukon, Canada, in late 2008.

The early autumn colours around the hills were just starting to appear, and the higher we climbed, the more pronounced were the contrasts. There are at least two types of green leaves in this frame, as well as dark bark on the right and lighter bark on the left – perfect for the overall image I sought to portray.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/900 sec, ISO 400, focal length 98mm.

Featured in POSTCARD STYLE, April 2010.


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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    excellent capture!

  • Thanks, Scott. It’s amazing how quickly their foliage turns colour.

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors and capture David……looks wonderful, crisp and such a fall mood !!

  • Thanks, Sean – the colours around the base of the mountain literally had me entranced.

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savillealmost 5 years ago

    Morning David…I love autumn colours…Ace shot! :))

  • Thank you, Di. Good morning to you, too. I think I shot more than 300 frames on that hike – which ended with the shot of the grizzly!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks very much, JustArt. One shot taken during that hike shows the base of the mountain encircled in red foliage!

    – David McMahon

  • CDeblin
    CDeblinalmost 5 years ago

    Doesn’t matter where you are in the world if it’s Autumn – the scenery and atmoshere will be breath taking – as your photo suggests David. Thank you for sharing it – Cobie :-)

  • Thank you, Cobie. As you so rightly say, Nature paints some amazing scenes for us.

    – David McMahon

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks, Chris and Cee.

    – David McMahon

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...almost 5 years ago

    I love autumn and these leaves are so inspiring, that I want to do a painting with these wonderful shades …

  • Autumn colours are very inspirational … and if you do paint these shades, please let me know. I’d love to see the result.

    – David McMahon

  • Lynn  Abbott
    Lynn Abbottalmost 5 years ago

    As autumn is my favorite season, I find this photo simply irresistible!!! You have captured the colors and leaves so beautifully!! The light is particularly beautiful! I have a NEW favorite!!! I keep saying that…and then, you capture another spectacular image…

  • Thank you, Janine – the light was muted that day, with heavy cloud over the lake and mountains, but it definitely worked in my favour. And this was the day of the grizzly!

    – David McMahon

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 5 years ago


    we love your work at Post Card Style

  • Thank you very much, Isa. That’s a great honour. Sorry I didn’t reply immediately, but we were away for the Easter break.

    – David McMahon

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoalmost 5 years ago

    Just wanted to add my congratulations…..wonderful feature!!!

  • Thank you very much, Elizabeth – great to know this shot caught your attention.

    – David McMahon

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