About the 2012 Calendar: April

A Restful Afternoon

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The afternoon was gloriously peaceful as I strolled along with my family down a country lane after a short hike to a quaint, yet picturesque little waterfall in the valley. We were visiting friends in Canada near Peterborough, Ontario. Down by the waterfall, the dense forest of northern conifers and hardwoods lent to a shadowy, almost mysterious ambiance; but up here, on the ridge of the hill, the late afternoon sunlight sent it’s golden shafts through the forest canopy, filling the atmosphere with a peaceful glow.

As we sauntered past a small clearing where this Thomas-Kinkade-like home sat bathed in light, I couldn’t help but notice the accented colors in the backlit scene. The trees broke the directness of the sun just enough to dissipate any glare from the sun while still letting in enough light to set the house aglow.

Setting up the camera and choosing an appealing exposure wasn’t difficult due to the generous amount of available light. This gave the image sharpness and clarity, adding to the vibrancy and hominess that were all factors in why I chose this picture to be 1 of only 12 images used for Lenspiration’s 2012 Calendar.

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4 Comments

  1. Bethany January 12, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Oh, it’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing these pictures with us….It’s fun to come on your family blog and see a new picture of yours!

  2. Andrea January 13, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Very peaceful picture. In fact, I enjoy all of your pictures immensely. Thank you for sharing them!

  3. Donald January 13, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Those wonderful Canadian pines . . . it certainly was a restful and memorable afternoon. One thing I remember is that I almost didn’t join the stroll that day but was afterwards glad to have done so: in addition to the waterfall and forest scenes we found a Merlin which is a falcon that frequents those northern climates, close to where you snapped the picture.
    It also reminds me of Russia! The low angle of light in those northern places often sets up some great photo opportunities. Glad you captured this one.
    By the way, Daniel and I just took a look at your CEF calendars here in the print shop!
    God bless your work James.

  4. James January 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow, it’s neat to get your perspective, Don! Amazing you can remember so much from the very same event.

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