First, let me report that I did not enhance the color of today’s photo in any way. Nor did I adjust the brightness, increase the contrast or any of those other things. This is exactly the way I saw it, and the camera captured it.
For the most part, the brilliant colors of fall are gone. The pretty colors either blew away earlier this week or are turning brown, well past the bright yellows and reds of just a week ago. But this morning the sun rose through a thin grey veil of fog and doused the mountain with shades so intense it hurt to look. That’s the sun’s glory you are seeing, not the season’s colors.Dawn comes late these last days before the fall time change, and my ability to take photos is suffering for it. It’s dark enough that I still hear the great horned owls calling as I leave the cabin. The only day birds up are the crows, though this morning, shortly after I took this photo, a gang of them found a hawk to mob. It had taken refuge in a small tangled tree, but the mob was having none of it, gathering as in the Alfred Hitchcock movie and calling for reinforcements from all corners.
This morning had an unusual amount drama. Days pass with little new to see, then all of a sudden the crows are out and the dawn turns the entire mountain as bright than a new penny. Today I was just lucky enough to see both.