It’s not just only the Range of Light…it’s the October light as well. Autumn’s light changes and becomes less harsh and brassy. Softer, deeper and warmer; in turn, more striking and dramatic. Then there’s the glorious contrast of a deep blue sky framed by the golds and oranges of autumn foliage. It’s such a treat for me to see the deep blue October sky at higher altitudes. C’mon, let’s go hike around:
Just after dawn.
Oh, somewhere around 9,000 feet up near the summit of Tioga Pass.
I could lose myself in this achingly blue sky.
The aspens soar, don’t they?
Just look at the light pouring through the aspen leaves and giving them a sheer, gauzy quality…
The lodgepole pines are taller than the aspens – by Tenaya Lake.
It’s all about balance, isn’t it?
The wind suddenly picked up at Tuolumne Meadows and I turned around into the wind – and there were these clouds.
Oh, if this didn’t take me back to one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, “The Lawrence Tree.”
Sometimes the light just blazes – sunset at what had to be a good 10,000 feet up in the alpine zone.
Or it can flame, as in this corner of an abandoned ranch house.
The dawn October light scatters everywhere, giving an ethereal quality to the South Tufa surroundings at Mono Lake.
The light scatters more gently late in the afternoon…
And it’s reflected in the Lee Vining creek, hidden away from the highway.
What does it take to achieve this kind of clarity in our own lives and our own minds?
Promise. There’ll be more pictures of the abandoned ranch house. It was awesome.
The October light again.
Pumpkins were made for October light.
Or was the October light made for pumpkins?
… stay tuned …