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Portland Japanese Garden, Nov. 2016 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 26 Album Created: 1 Nov 2016 Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017
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When I went to the Japanese Garden on 11 October 2016, the leaves on the trees were still mostly green, although a few trees had turned to their autumn colors. So when I made my next visit on Elec­tion Day, 8 No­vem­ber 2016, I was ex­pect­ing to see many more trees with flaming leaves.

Instead, to my great disappointment, many of the trees had already lost most of their leaves. During the four weeks be­tween outings, I had missed their au­tumn glory. Now, only the bare branches of winter remained. Bummer!

However, there were plenty of colored leaves on the ground. And in the water! When standing by the pond with the large waterfall, I noticed that the leaves were moving in a current created by the force of the waterfall. I got the idea to take a long-​exposure photo to try to cap­ture the move­ment of the floating leaves. I am particularly happy with the resulting fif­teen-​sec­ond ex­po­sure (shown above).

I was also excited to stumble upon, in an out-​of-​the-​way corner of the Garden, a patch of mushrooms, with the early-​morn­ing sun beautifully illuminating them. I crouched down and brought the camera down low so I could capture them in all their fungi glory.

For both the October and November out­ings, a clear sky and the light of the new­ly-​risen sun made all the dif­fer­ence be­tween interesting and drab photos. It’s just not the same when the weather is over­cast or fog­gy, as has often been the case during pre­vi­ous visits.

On this November visit I took 111 pic­tures. The best 26 are now available for viewing in this album. You can also see all of my monthly photos in the con­glom­er­ate Port­land Japanese Garden (All Years) super-album.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Elec­tion Day at Port­land’s Japan­ese Gar­den.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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