Jan. 16, 2006
After years of walking in, around, through, and among the beeches of Leatherwood, the realization finally dawned on me this winter that in certain places and in certain light, fall can last all winter long here in the Ozarks.

So from time to time lately I've tried to capture some of these winter fall scenes under different lighting conditions. Last time I was here I spent most of the early light shooting pictures of ice pools, and by the time we played out that string all the way the light was already a little high and hot. The idea today, after a quick stop at Hedges pour-off for sunrise, was to be late enough to have the scenery back lit by direct sunlight, but to be early enough to get some sweeter lower angle light.

Black and white is said to evoke a sense of gritty realism, but so often the effect is quite the opposite. I'm thinking mainly of movies here, and for example the glorious black and white cinematography of an Astaire and Rogers musical has a dream-like, fairy tale quality to it, and the shimmering, luminescent imagery of a film like "Paper Moon" idealizes the mundane and everyday.

It's a landscape that never was and never will be, and that never did look like that, and maybe that's why there's a hint of dream to it. Or imagine yourself walking through these pictures, imagine being in a place that looked like that, and I'm sure it would feel like walking in a dream.

Today's Back Light photo is of a sunset viewed from the UA Agri Park in Fayetteville, taken in, oh I don't know, 2001 or 2002.