Mrs. Muse and I made our annual autumn pilgrimage to the Brandywine Valley region of north Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania this past week. I have the good fortune of commuting between north Florida and north Delaware routinely, and get to live the best of both the southern and mid-Atlantic lives. At this time of year, that means leaving the relative warmth and humidity of Florida for the autumn chill and color of the north...
The photo above was shot at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvnia. I have shot some version of this scene every year for the past three at about this time. Tis is a two-exposure overlay, called an Orton process in which one image is overexposed and blurred, creating a "dreamy" effect by eliminating the sharp edges and bleeding the colors a bit.
This one was also shot at Longwood. I found the mix of new and mature blossoms with the bare seed pods after the blooms were done to be a great contrast and a statement of autumn's mixed blessings.
This last one is among my favorite photos from the week. The old (refurbished) colonial-era house-on-the-hill sitting beneath the amazing color and fullness of protective trees. So representative of the Brandywine Valley history and geography -- almost something out of an Andrew Wyeth painting.