Yesterday's Light

Images in Space and Time

Indian Summer

Upper Falls, Letchworth SP

Indian Summer: loosely defined as a few consecutive days of dry, warm weather (usually in mid to late fall) following one or more hard frosts.  Well, the past few days here in western NY fit that definition well.  The only problem with it, of course, is that it can’t last.  Minnesota had a few such days this past week and then got hit with a nasty snowstorm yesterday.  That won’t happen here, but colder, wetter weather is most assuredly on the way.

Anyway, this brief return to warm weather got me outside and moving.  I soon found myself south of Rochester in Letchworth SP enjoying a couple of my favorite waterfalls.  While I normally tend to shy away from severely backlit (or side-lit) images, I couldn’t resist this one.

4 Responses to “Indian Summer”

  1. Ken Bello

    I like this quite a lot, Paul. Is that ice at the water’s edge? if so, it must have been a lot colder there than in Webster (Where Life is Worth Living).

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Ken. No, it’s not ice. It’s the foam that appears below most waterfalls around or near the so-called plunge pool. Some people think it’s some kind of pollution in the water, but that’s not true. Any waterfall of any size will have the same kind of foam. I’m not sure what causes it….

      What idiot, by the way, came up with that dreadful slogan? I mean, really. “Where Life is Worth Living”? What the heck does that even mean? Is life not worth living in Fairport or Pittsford or Brockport or Spencerport? Let’s face it – Webster is one of the uglier bedroom communities around Rochester (in my opinion). It has none of the charm of a Fairport or Pittsford, for example.

  2. Earl

    Paul, I’m glad you did shy away from this shot. The light play is beautiful and I like that the small ripples in the foreground surface of the stream are very defined by the shadows and light.

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Earl. Yes, the “light play” was something. As the sun got lower and lower, it got more and more interesting. It also created a strong contrast between the warm light in the upper left and the extremely cool tones in the center and right portion of the frame.


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