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Pictures for Pam, Day 34: Black Oak Leaf Stuck on Trunk

Pictures for Pam, Day 34: Black Oak Leaf Stuck on Trunk
I'd like to preface my post today with a huge thank you for all the wonderful comments you leave me every single day. It is so touching that you like my photography and it totally rocks my world that some of you brave souls actually read my daily attempts to outdo War & Peace! It means so much to me. When you've written a long or particularly specific comment that bears a reply, I have tried to remember to reply in turn on your current picture. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day and giving it to me. It warms my heart and absolutely makes my day.

And now, on to our regularly scheduled post of the day!

One afternoon a couple of days ago, Steve surprised me by asking if I'd like to hike to the top of the nearby Lower Table Rock! At first I said it probably might not be a good idea because of the lateness of the day. It was already quarter to four o'clock and it got dark at about 5pm where we live in southern Oregon. Steve's face fell in disappointment but then I realized, "Oh! Why don't we just bring flashlights in case it gets too dark? That will work perfectly...let's go!" Happiness restored, we got ready to go and arrived at the trail head about 20 minutes later.

What a treat. I haven't walked to the top of the Lower Table Rock for nearly a month and it was wonderful to see how it had changed. Most of the trees had lost their leaves which covered the trail in hues of yellow, orange and brown. It hadn't rained all day but the soil was dark with moisture and water pooled in leaves. Along the way I spotted mushrooms of all sizes peeping up from moss and out of the moist earth. We heard unfamiliar birds calling and the twitters of birds that were settling down for the night. A grey squirrel ran up a tree nearby and sat in a branch looking down at us, tail flicking fluffily. What a magical time. We made our way quietly up the trail to experience as much as we could.

As cold as it was, Steve and I were nice and warm by the time we were half-way up the trail. When we l walked out of the darkening woods and onto the plateau, we had our hats off with unzipped sweaters. Our timing couldn't have been better. Our reward for a fast pace was a lovely sunset and Steve took some pictures with his phone to remember our twilight hike.

Steve asked if I'd like to walk around before we left but I knew how fast it got dark in the deep forest so I suggested we not dawdle. The hike back down was a careful one as the deep shadows obscured jutting rocks and roots but there was just enough light that we didn't have any mishaps.

We were both so happy as we drove back home. Arriving with monstrous appetites, it wasn't long before we were seated before our dinner—lettuce-wrapped burgers topped with bacon, avocado and red onions! What a fabulous end to our adventure!

Today's picture comes from my walk up to the top of the Upper Table Rock some weeks ago. I couldn't stop taking pictures of leaves of course. This beauty had landed on the side of a Black Oak tree's moss-covered trunk and almost appeared to be floating as it leaned against a clump of moss, held in place by a cane of poison oak. The odds just amaze me, but here you are! I hope you enjoy this fun find!

Pam, I hope that your day has been a good one. I'm thinking of you all the time and sending warm thoughts your way. :)

Explored on 12/13/18, highest placement, #4.

, Trudy Tuinstra, Sami Serola (inactive), buonacoppi and 34 other people have particularly liked this photo

28 comments - The latest ones
Superb lighting.
Amazing image.
Work well done, Janet.
3 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Exceptional capture and lighting!
3 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
3 years ago.
neira-Dan club
très joli
3 years ago.
 Gisela Plewe
Gisela Plewe club
Ein Blatt, das von einem Stück Leben zeugt.
3 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Superb Janet.
3 years ago.
Annemarie club
simple yet so evocatve!
3 years ago.
Superbe **********
3 years ago.
polytropos club
The surface hast the impression of leather to me.
Well taken!
3 years ago.
tiabunna club
Beautifully lit and taken.
3 years ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Tout simplement magnifique... belle harmonie de tons dans cette composition automnale Janet !*****************
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Simple and so pretty, Janet **********************
3 years ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
3 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
This is a VERY, VERY beautiful picture, Janet ! *******
Good evening, my friend.
3 years ago.
cammino club
Beautiful auumnal compo! Moving story!
3 years ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Fine and awesome work around autumn colors!!!!
3 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
You have a great eye Janet.............most people would have just walked straight past this sort of thing. Beautifully composed and taken..........the leaf looks really good on the darker background.
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Another poetic highlight, Janet !
3 years ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Looks like a piece of leather.....
3 years ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
B.K., I also mentioned that above. We both seems to have the same feeling for surface textures in a natural environment. Only about the colour we may have to discuss for a longer time ;-))
3 years ago.
Boarischa Krautmo club
has replied to polytropos club
to be exact: It looks like a piece of yellow leather ;-))
3 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
The beauty of a simple leaf! I envy you your walk. I don't have the energy anymore, but loved that sort of thing in my younger days.
3 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
lovely light on a dark almost mysterious background
3 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
It's accidental placings that are the best - the leaf accidentally landed on that trunk and it was by chance that it was still there when you got there. So that's why your photos are just so amazing.
You are in the right place at the right time.

It sounds magical for you and Steve to be together and to enjoy the same things. You are so fortunate but I don't think I have to tell you that!! I would have loved to have seen the sunset from up there, but I'll just have to make do with your fabulous photos. Maybe you could post Steve's photo for us to share this amazing time.
3 years ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Superb capture and captivating notes, Janet - all the way to the end and then I read something that puzzled me a little. You say this; 'Explored on 12/13/18 highest placement #5' I have some of my photos appear on 'Explore', but your choice of wording here and something about placement indicates a competition of some kind. If so I have been completely unaware of this for 2.5 years! Have I misunderstood something? Perhaps I don't actully know what the Explore feature on ip is all about!!
3 years ago.
Janet Brien club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
If we are fortunate enough to have a picture which makes it onto Explore, you can keep track of it and see it move around. It will move up and down through the ranks depending on many factors, and after a while it will fall off all-together. It's not a competition but it is fun to see how high your photo progresses--for me, it is only my desire that my picture is seen by more people so that maybe I have the chance to put a smile on their face or entertain them with my writing! :) Bringing happiness is one of my biggest motivators in life.

Oh, and I also keep track because it's fun to look at past pictures and see if they ever made Explore. :)
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
romantic and excellent !
3 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
very good!
3 years ago.

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