Autumn Hoar Frost, Oregon, USA by Steve Giardini

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I love when seasons overlap. The blend offers opportunities to capture unique images. I had planned to photograph the remnants of Autumn along the Deschutes River at Ryan Ranch. Overnight freezing fog rolled in. When I woke the hoar frost had done its magic. The freezing moisture driven by wind created ice tentacles that clung to shrubs and trees adding a kind of fourth dimension. The combined Fall color with the ice tipped foliage was magical.

Using a long lens I composed the photo with the shoreline just below the horizon line so that the majority of the reflection would be the yellow shoreline grasses and redish-orange shrubs. I included the Ponderosa pines for scale. To help tell the viewer appreciate the conditions that caused the icing, I included what I felt was just enough blue-grey sky.

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