Soft, Late Autumn Wood with Maple Sapling Understory
When New England Autumns are just past peak, the woods are still graced with an understory of saplings holding on to their leaves longer than their older "relatives." I chanced on this "quiet" scene while walking on Talcott Mountain, figured I could draw the eye in with a wide shot, putting a young maple in the foreground, and bringing out the structure of the bark in the trees as the eye moves back from there, until we find more young maples far in the background; echoing the foreground.
This is a shot that needs a big print, or big monitor. The sailboat in the distance; the fisherman in the foreground. I don't take pictures of the sun; I take pictures around the sun. ;-) I like it because the human aspects are rendered tiny in this huge field of nature's play.
The title of this image was chosen for the feel of the capture, not the kind of birds that are taking flight here. I was driving along a backroad in Vermont, when I noticed this dead tree full of birds. I pulled over and readied my camera, and when the birds took flight, I ripped off a series of 10 or 12 shots in a rapid burst. This is my favorite of the lot.