04 Nov 15. With all the potential for color around in the fall, assuming you are in an area with a sufficient number of hardwood trees, it is very easy to miss some of the other beauty that abounds. Each fall as I'm out shooting the color I'm also looking for beauty in different forms. One of those that frequently presents itself are either the tips of the evergreen branches, or the very top of the trees. I've found these shots in bright sunny days, overcast days, and even in the rain. In fact, the best of these shots have been either with the rain falling or just after it stops. I've shared a couple of these wet ones in the past. This one was taken on the Leavenworth trip a few weeks back and with nice sunny light. We had stopped the vehicle to shoot at one of the places I mentioned yesterday where the colors is almost always beautiful. Having shot a couple dozen color views I was returning to the vehicle when I spotted a small grouping of young trees on the down slope of the shoulder where we were parked. This particular branch made me think of where someone may have gotten the idea for Q-Tips.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality and then given a wee bit of micro contrast enhancement. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 400; 1/80 sec @ f / 8.