Since I was born a few days before Halloween, I have always thought of October as my special month. We don’t get the vibrant colors that you see on the East Coast, but we get the cool foggy mornings that bring an end to the oppressive heat of summer and give us the perfect Halloween atmosphere. We have to enjoy the spooky ambience in the first half of the month since we usually have to take the kids trick-or-treating in the snow.
*Today, I am thankful for prayers that don’t get answered in the way we anticipated. Sometimes, blessings come in unexpected ways. We went camping on the first weekend of the month and I awoke to this eerie but beautiful scene. It’s the first time I have been able to photograph fog because I’m usually asleep during the earliest morning hours. Sleeping on the ground does wonders to overcome my morning laziness. I started to get upset that it rained Saturday night and Sunday morning, especially since the weather forecast had called for warm and sunny until late Sunday afternoon. When I realized that I had a great opportunity to shoot fog scenes, I jumped out of my sleeping bag, grabbed the camera and took off for the beach.
Another unexpected blessing that came from being rained on was that we were able to find beautiful rocks and fossils. We go up to Great Northern Flats every year to help my husband find stones to polish through the winter. Normally, I have to bend over and spray the stones with a plant mister in order to see what they will look like polished. The rain washed the gravel clean and made finding the gemstones much easier, on my eyes and my back.
This is Great Northern Flats, along the bank of the Northfork Flathead River, and across the river from the western edge of Glacier National Park, Montana (USA).
Photo taken October 4, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.
ExposureTime – 1/320 seconds
FNumber – 3.20
ISOSpeedRatings – 64
ApertureValue – F 3.25
FocalLength – 10.50 mm
SceneCaptureType – Landscape