Somehow the color yellow crept through, unnoticed, to shady aspen groves and fluffy, baby-chick weeds, bike trails and deer's favorite napping spots. Yet, so much green still remains. This is the twilight zone between summer and autumn.
The golden hour is every photographer's best friend that offers the most aesthetically pleasing natural lighting for almost any kind of image-taking, including portraiture. Even during generally colorless winters (those occasionally brilliant skies notwithstanding), this is the time that makes the most seemingly bland subjects—like snow on a branch—appear majestic.
In the world of nature photography, it is often the unplanned image that turns out the best. This spur-of-the-moment golden-hour snap-and-stroll (enough hyphens for you?) of the local evergreens produced one of my favorite images of this season!