Leaf Peeking at Sweet Spring

Fall color is starting to pop and I got a chance to shoot a bit before dark the last two nights. I headed to one of my favorite spots in Eureka Springs – Sweet Spring.

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Eureka is the town that water built and it has dozens of free flowing springs that attracted Victorian types to come to find healing in the waters. In the 1880s the City created reservations that basically created a protective area around each spring, essentially they created dozens of small jewel-box parks.

Many of the springs on the west side of town have formal stonework surrounds and Sweet Spring is essentially a spiral staircase that goes down into the ground. It has amazing color on the hill above.

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I shot these all within 30 minutes of sunset.

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This was taken with a fish-eye from down inside the stairwell.

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Vines over the wall

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Maples on the hillside

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to just shoot leaves without any particular thought – I let myself get very right-brained – I hunt shapes and colors while shooting fast. I let my eye just find things without looking for them. It’s very different from shooting wildlife, it’s more organic – it’s more satisfying. I can get lost shooting leaves…

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Yellow

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Red

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Orange

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Gold

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Green

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For my friends in Canada

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On my way out I had to shoot this morning glory.

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My favorite leaf shot of the evening.

Ending the week shooting leaves is good for my soul. Autumn is here!