Bernheim in the Fall

Last fall, David and I did a seminar with Allen Rokach at Bernheim Forest.  If you ever get the chance to take part in one of Allen’s seminars, I highly recommend it.  It ended up being 2 very long days.  We had to be there before the crack of dawn and we stayed until sunset. 

 Time was split between the classroom and the field, with plenty of time for photography.  One thing I learned the hard way……make sure that your spare battery is kept close to your body on cold days.  I thought I was being smart – I had a back up camera body and spare batteries for both bodies.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough to keep the batteries warm (note to self: the inside of a van isn’t warm when it’s just sitting parked with no heat on).  I ended up with all of my batteries dead by mid-day on Sunday even though I’d done a full recharge on Saturday  night.  Despite that, I still managed to capture some beautiful moments, including the misty sunrise in my blog header.

The gingkoes were in full color the weekend that we were there.  And we even got to experience something that is unique to gingko trees.  They can go from full yellow foliage to no remaining leaves overnight.  We were fortunate to photograph the trees on Saturday because many of them were close to bare by Sunday morning.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a great place for photography year-round.  I am so looking forward to springtime which brings lovely flowers to the gardens.  What’s your favorite time of year for photography?

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