I dallied too long in the classroom Friday setting up a saltwater aquarium so it could "cook" over the long weekend, when I should have been out in the woods.
By the time I escaped around 4:15 and drove into Devil's Hammock for a slow ride home, the creeping shadows had ruled out photography in my favorite places.
I decided to turn around and go get groceries rather than drive the slow, shadowy woods trail through the park. It just wasn't going to happen today, I thought as I bounced back towards the entrance gate through clouds of flitty robins.
"Mad Eye Moody"
At the last bend in the dirt park road, just before the gate, a red maple full of seed was glowing in the fading light.
A grackle was hopping around in it, working the seed clusters.
I pulled over and took a few shots through the open JEEP window, and then the grackle was gone.
I like the stark contrasts even though the focus is not super sharp on the middle pic.
Often a viewer will forgive you some softness if the eye of your subject is sharply focused.
It's iffy right now...