The writings below are the stories which go along with each photo in our Autumn
and Fall Colors Photo Gallery, Part One.
As you travel down what seems to be the endless roads of life, do you find that there is time to slow
down and look around? How about the road you are on now? Is it a freeway of worry and anxiety? If
that be the case, why not step out of the driver's seat and let the Lord Jesus take over. Doing so will
free you to look out the windows of your vehicle and behold the beauty that only He can surround
While getting down low and zooming my lens to wide angle, I could not help but notice how the
trunks of the Aspen trees grew gracefully upward to create a beautiful canopy in the blue sky. Later as
I viewed the resulting photo, I began to ponder the similarities we as Christians have with the Aspen
tree. We too start out as individual trunks, but as we grow in Christ, we become closer to one another
and eventually intertwine to create a canopy that makes up the church. I also observed that the leaves
of the Aspen are most spectacular when back-lit by the sun. Is this not the case with us also? We too
become most beautiful when we are back lit from above by means of the love and grace that can only
come through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In early autumn, in response to the shortening days and declining intensity of sunlight, leaves begin the
process that leads up to their fall. God’s imprint is on all of creation, and the seasons that He has
created are no exception. Fall is a time of year that produces great beauty, but this beauty soon fades
away and falls to the ground. But we are not to become discouraged by this process, for it is what
lives beneath the surface that counts. One day our life here on earth will end, but unlike the leaves, we
as Christians will one day be raised to a life and beauty that will never fade.
It is a known fact, that warm sunny days and cool crisp, but not freezing nights, seem to bring about
the most spectacular fall color displays. These conditions, including the absence of strong winds,
creates a beauty that is hard to beat, and is why many consider this season to be the most beautiful of
all seasons. We need to remember this when bringing up our children.
Walking along side the road, my wife Marleen and I watched as the Shepard brought his sheep out of
the rocks and down to the safety of the meadow below along side the beautiful Aspens. What a
lesson. If you are navigating the rocks of life alone, how about turning to the true eternal Shepard
Jesus Christ, and let Him bring you to the safety and beauty of the lower meadow.
Warming my hands from the cold as I prepared for the next photo, I noticed how the Aspens both
young and old gathered together. It seemed as though they were doing so to keep warm. This
reminded me of the Penguin. In negative 120 Degree weather, the Emperor Penguin will rotate in the
colony to take its turn on the outside to shield the others from the bitter wind. Will we take our turn
when it comes to the care and protection of others?
It was just before sunrise, and the landscape you see before you was not quite lit up to its potential,
but the players in the scene looked very promising. God has created us in His image, and the potential
He has given us is great indeed. But it will never be realized apart from the Son of God shining down
on us from above.
Any serious photographer understands the importance of contrast. Contrast is the separation of light
and shadow. Great photos have excellent contrast. Light working with the shadows are what give a
picture detail. Jesus and His Word, make up the light that works with the shadows in our lives, for in
Him there is no darkness at all. Jesus gives our lives meaning, He is the One that creates exquisite
beauty in our lives, apart from Him all is dark and meaningless.
In the mountains, storms are a common occurrence. Dark clouds appear on the horizon, and as sure
as the wind blows, they are upon us. Cover must be taken, as the skies unleash their fury. So it is with
us. We start the day with good and clear intentions. But as the day wears on, the storms of life seem
to come upon us also. But instead of allowing the Lord to provide cover for us, we fight the storm in
our own strength and end up cold, wet and shivering from the experience. Sin has had its way, and we
end the day kicking ourselves for our shortsightedness and failings. We must learn to break the cycle
by allowing the Lord to have His way with us. We must allow Him to shield us under His protective
wings, so that when we emerge from the storm, we are refreshed rather than beaten.
Early morning, the trees were all covered in frost, and there was a chill everywhere. Keeping my
hands warm enough to work the camera was definitely a challenge. But as the sun emerged over the
horizon, it was the tops of the trees that received the first warmth, and this process made them stand
out in the most beautiful of ways. So it is with the sanctifying work of our Savior. This is why God’s
word tells us that: He will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:6. Press on
The lower brush most of the year appears as a dull brown that hardly gets any notice at all except for
the creatures that use it for cover from predators. But in the fall the normally brown colored golden
rod lives up to its name and displays its colors to provide a beautiful foreground for the Aspens in the
As fall begins to take shape at the foot of near 13,000 foot Lone Pine Peak, days begin to shorten. In
the fall, the decrease in intensity and shorter hours of sunlight and the changes in temperatures cause
the leaves to stop their food-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color
disappears, and the other pigments already in the leaf become visible. This fact tells us that even
though one may think that each tree has had the exact same conditions (due to their closeness), there
must have nevertheless been differences in the soil and light that surrounds them. Even above you can
see the variations.
My wife Marleen completely content as she rests in the beauty of an Aspen forest during mid fall
season near June Lake, California. Only a few weeks earlier from the time this photo was taken, she
was diagnosed with breast cancer. But both she and I can be at total peace knowing that the Lord is in
control of all things. We know that even when circumstances seem out of control that we can be like
Jesus who was asleep in the Fathers hands while a storm ragged on all around Him.
Incredible colors displayed in the harsh environment along the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. Trees respond to the decreasing amount of sunlight by producing less and less chlorophyll.
Eventually, they stop producing chlorophyll. When that happens, the carotenoid already in the leaves
can finally show through. The leaves become a bright rainbow of glowing yellows, and sparkling
oranges. The Lord is good to us, and provides some of the greatest jewels in the most unlikely of
When people think of fall colors, they most often think of the maple, the aspen and other types of
trees. But the above cottonwood is many times overlooked. In my travels, I have found the
cottonwood to be the sentinel of fall beauty. Showing off its majestic colors in the foothills of many a
mountain peak seems to be its specialty. But here, I focus in on the upper tree branches rather than
the towering mountains that are hidden in the background.
Enjoy Beautiful Autumn and
Fall photos by Dave French.
Autumn, for many people, is their
favorite time of year. In response to
the shortening of days and declining
intensity of sunlight, leaves begin the
process that leads up to their fall.
God’s imprint is on all of creation,
and the seasons that He has created
are no exception. Fall is a time of
year that produces great beauty and
light, shades and colors!
The Colors of Fall by; Dave French
Rhythm On The Rock Productions
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The Colors of Fall
Autumn (also known as fall in North American English) is one of the four temperate seasons, the
transition from summer into winter. In the temperate zones, autumn is the season during which most
crops are harvested, and deciduous trees lose their leaves. It is also the season where days rapidly get
shorter and cooler, the nights rapidly get longer, and of gradually increasing precipitation in some parts
of the world.
Especially in the US, Autumn is also associated with the Halloween season, and with it a widespread
marketing campaign that promotes it. The television, film, book, costume, home decoration, and
confectionery industries use this time of year to promote products closely associated with such
holiday, with promotions going from early September to 31 October, since their themes rapidly lose
strength once the holiday ends.
Although some autumn coloration occurs wherever deciduous trees are found, the most brightly
colored autumn foliage is found in three regions of the world: most of Canada and the United States; a
small area of central South America; and Eastern Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan.
Eastern Canada and the New England region of the United States are famous around the world for the
brilliance of their "fall foliage," and a seasonal tourist industry has grown up around the few weeks in
autumn when the leaves are at their peak. Some television and web-based weather forecasts even
report on the status of the fall foliage throughout the season as a service to tourists. Fall foliage
tourists are often referred to as "leaf peepers".
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