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Apr. 15, 2006
It was another spectacular sunrise from Hedges pour-off, the only problem being the silo or tower over on Walker Mountain that the sun was rising behind, absolutely directly behind, so that there was no shooting around it except by shooting before and after the actual sunrise.
Still, I photographed the whole thing, I don't know why, maybe as a way to remind myself that 25 days on the summer side of the equinoxes are times to skip sunrise from this particular location. I include the unfortunate result below for your amusement, and also as a case study of how a single small anomalous shape can nail itself through your eyeball and ruin an otherwise perfectly good image.
Afterward Junie and I headed up Leatherwood Creek although it was one of those mornings when I felt like packing it in early. Things were iffy for awhile, but the longer I hiked and shot, the better I felt, and we ended up making it all the way to Ferny Canyon and spending, all told, about six hours up the creek. Just another case in point for what a good dog, a walk in the woods, and a camera can do for your spirits if given a chance.

One odd thing you'll notice in many of these photos is all the little tan clumps in the creek and on its banks, in places lying almost as thick as fallen leaves in autumn. It was the first time I had ever noticed anything like it, and at first I concluded they must be clumps of pollen from all the beech trees along the creek. A picture of beech pollen obtained through a google seach debunked that idea, though, and it wasn't until I saw identical little clumps under several sweet gum trees on campus that I was able to solve the mystery.

Today's Back Light is of a sunset as seen from Stonebridge Road about seven or eight years ago.