It’s fall here in the east and the deciduous forest is producing some spectacular color. Now is the time to be out looking for photo opportunities and use those colors as backdrops for your photos. Be patient, be creative and, above all, be outside.
Staghorn Sumac color and Jan at Canaan Valley State Park (c) Bill Beatty
Think big with scenic backgrounds… with your subject in the forefront. Find the right angle to show the most and brightest colors possible.
Scarlet and Green Leafhopper on left and Seven-spotted Ladybug Beetle (c) Bill Beatty
Think small with your subject surrounded by the color of fall leaves. One leaf is enough if your subject is small enough. Sometimes I find myself at a spectacular Sugar Maple looking for the perfect leaf with a contrast of bright reds, pinks, oranges, yellows and greens on one leaf. The Ladybug photo above will appear in the Sierra Club’s 2017 Engagement Calendar.
Green Frog and Eastern Garter Snake (c) Bill Beatty
The Garter Snake photo has appeared in many publications. Without the fall-colored leaves as the background I would not have been able to sell the photo at all.
Skull-faced Jumping Spider (c) Bill Beatty
This Spider photo is one of my best selling photos…especially during October…for Halloween stories in kids books and magazines. The skull appearance makes it appealing for Halloween, but the color filling the entire photo makes it attractive to almost any photo editor.
Get out there and take advantage of the leaf color only available for a short time during this season of the year.
Master Naturalist Program
Area nature lovers, 16 years of age and older, can now be trained and certified as Master Naturalists. The new program was developed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, and the Good Zoo at Oglebay has been chosen as a training site. The cooperative program, led by the WV Division of Natural Resources with assistance from Davis and Elkins College, Canaan Valley Institute and the WV Cooperative Extension Service, has selected the Good Zoo at Oglebay as a training site. Good Zoo educators will be teaching the classes, along with the Schrader Environmental Education Center staff, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resource’s biologists, and university experts.
Scarlet Tanager, Winter Mushroom, Forest Log Millipede and Wild Columbine (c) Bill Beatty
The Pocahontas Nature Club is a group of people interested in learning about nature in Pocahontas County and the surrounding area.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pocahontasnatureclub/members/
Dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of West Virginia’s native plants and habitats
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/231698280260622/
Blue-eyed Mary (c) Bill Beatty
The Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWP) is one of
the oldest botanical organizations in the country. Since 1886, our members have met, botanized, and served as a resource of knowledge on the flowers of Pennsylvania.
Our group is a mixture of both professional and amateur botanists. BSWP meets monthly, September through June, and features excellent speakers. Field trips are frequent.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Botanical-Society-of-Western-Pennsylvania/1563403187282044