I strolled along our woodsy path one morning and saw a lot of green, which, however much appreciated, did not make for an inspiring photo.
I did notice this little bundle of unfallen seedpods and thought they stood out from the background somewhat. I like the bokeh of other pods in the background.
I also spied a little clump of fleabane (erigeron), pretty little flowers but even smaller than in the photo below.
That evening, I drove up to Appleton at sunset. As I have previously bemoaned, it is difficult to find good sites for either sunrise or sunset shots locally. But there is a little boat launch that I thought might yield a western exposure, and I was right — sort of. It's not spectacular, but I was able to make it work. I shot with a very wide angle to find some foreground.
A little later, on the way out of the hamlet, I pulled over for this shot.
On my way home, the sky lit up even more spectacularly, but I wasn't able to pull over, and I wouldn't have been by water if I had. Just a note, however, that the best part of the sunset is sometimes after the sun goes down. The same is true of sunrise — once the sun rises the best light vanishes quickly.
The summer weather is drawing me out more, but the best photographic opportunities occur in a short window of time — sunrise and sunset — so one cannot always take advantage.