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Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain

My Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Big balanced rock
Big Balanced Rock. Probably got this way from the upheaval of the Flood.


Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Big balanced rock marker
Yesterday, I hiked Balanced Rock Trail. There’s a little balanced rock and a big one.

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I took my little Nikon d7000 out when I was hiking on the Rainbow Mountain trails.

My purpose was 3-fold:

  1. Get exercise doing something fun–hiking
  2. Gather photos for a blogging about the trail
  3. Learn how to use my camera better

The exercise is pretty obvious.  I get a nice workout walking and climbing over the boulders on the upward steep.  It’s a wonderful time of year to hike because the temperatures are lower, so I don’t have to worry about the stifling humidity.

I just love taking photos for my blog.  I probably like that part of blogging more than writing.  Writing takes work.  Photographic people, landscapes, and old houses is just play.  I’d love to be a photographer for Nat’l Geographic or Southern Living.

Speaking of photography, it’s a wonderful time of year for taking photos on the trail.  The leaves are just now beginning to change, but the foliage is still pretty and lush for the most part.

My favorite part of photography is composition.  I’ve had enough art classes to be confident in my use of composition and color, but my DSLR camera still has been baffled.  I understand that the three major points of photography are aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.  However, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around aperture.  It seems so confusing that the lower the f-stop, the larger the aperture.  Yesterday, I took 3 pictures of the same object using 3 different f-stops (Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens):  22, 10, and 4.  Now, I think I get it.  An f-stop of 4 let in wayyyyyyyyy too much light.  22 left my shots underexposed, and 10 was just about right for clicking in the woods.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Madison park bench
Park bench with “M” that stands for the town and county of Madison.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; forest leaves
Pretty leaves reflect God’s intricate design.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Balanced Rock, boulder
Pretty forest berries. I don’t know if they are edible and don’t plan to find out.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Tree with Rainbow Mountain Balanced Rock marker
These are poke berries. Now, I know these guys aren’t edible. You can boil the leaves, however, to make a poke berry salad.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Second tree with Rainbow Mountain Balanced Rock marker
The leaves are just barely changing colors.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; View of Huntsville, Alabama
Pretty view toward Huntsville.

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; View of Madison County

Photo Hike on Rainbow Mountain; Forest leaves

So what do you guys think? Are your leaves changing yet? Be sure to comment, because bloggers love comments…and I have fun answering every one! It reminds me of having pen-pals when I was a kid!

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DIY Fall Wreath — Pin it or Pitch it?

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

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Fall / Halloween Festival Memories

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Halloween Fun at the Fall Festival

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