The leaves are just about all gone.
On the steep valley sides the oaks cling to their leaves.
My intention yesterday of course was to visit Tainter Hollow and Tainter Creek to get some beautiful late afternoon shots.
However, in my bag of goodies in the back seat, I had some characters from the new Morris Adventure Books. Some 'wandering' Hedgehogs and The Wise Ol' Frog.
Hmm, I'm near water.
I have the Toys, I have the camera equipment.
I am totally alone in this remote area.
So, I decided to have some fun.
Those Hedgehogs sure know how to get into things. In fact as I was 'shooting' the two little 'hogs' talking with The Wise Ol' Frog in the creek, a gust of wind tossed one of them into the water.
Lucky me, I caught it and it was not staged.
So now of course, it has to be part of the book somehow.
I almost felt silly placing the little Hedgehogs in the middle of the road and then squatting to try and get a neat photo.
What if someone had come along?
Well, I would have heard them from a pretty fair distance and would have scooped them up and whisked them back to the Subaru.
The Creek was quite beautiful and I hope to get back and get some more shots in different lighting conditions.
In case you are wondering there is a fair amount of editing for the 'book' photos.
Here is a sample of what I was working on in PSP X6 ... [sorry Adobe, I am not paying you per month to use your program!]
I separate the characters in each photo generally and give them an edit so they will stand out from the backround of the scene they are in.
I want them to look like toys, but the scenery to have a slightly 'drawn' or slightly imaginative look to it.
Working with Morris in scenes always adds a bit of the unknown.
I hope to get that part done fairly soon.
The story has already begun in my head and yet the photos and the characters may take the story in another avenue that I wasn't prepared for.
That is the beauty of creativity.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~~Madeleine L'Engle