Today was a beautiful Indian Summer finale, presented in glorious technicolor. I spent a few hours outside this morning, at a wonderful state nature preserve known as Rhododendron Cove. It's located at the northern reaches of the Hocking Hills, in southern Fairfield County.
My companions were Lisa Sells, and her husband Steve. Both of them are accomplished photographers, and I wanted to tap their knowledge of SLR cameras and accoutrements. I learned a ton, and believe that I am ready to take the plunge into interchangeable lens. All of the photos that you've seen on this blog - those that I've taken, at least - are made with a Panasonic FZ50. It is a great camera, but I all too often bump up against its limits these days, and want some more sophisticated gear. So, perhaps before long, the quality of photos here will ramp up a notch or two.
Seeing some of Lisa's work, especially with macro subjects, is what finally put me over the edge and on the path to new gear. Check some of her work out RIGHT HERE.
Crisp blue skies provide a rich backdrop to the rugged sandstone cliffs at Rhododendron Cove. The name of this preserve stems from the profusion of Great Rhododendron, Rhododendron maximum, a bit of which can be seen in the upper right of the photo. This is a rarity in Ohio, but not here. Great drifts of the plant cascade through narrow box canyons.
I hope that you were able to spend some time afield today. We won't have many days such as this one left.