Sunday Afternoon in the Park with Debi

Sunday Afternoon in the Park with Debi

A leisurely Sunday walk is a nice way to mark the weekend. My friend Debi and I went to Theodore Wirth Park to enjoy the fall colors and take some pictures. The mighty oaks in this hill-top part of the park provide an autumnal setting for this picture. As I finished trying some classic straight-up-the-trunk shots of the trees, I looked over and Debi was standing in a pool of light, framed by this oak. Sure enough, the best shots just offer themselves up unannounced.

There are actually two frames around her, the trees behind her and the big oak reaching its long limb over the whole image and its shadow. Speaking of shadows, it wasn’t until I started studying oil painting with Joe Paquet that I started actually seeing shadows. It’s amazing how much information about form comes to us from shadows. We automatically know the shape the shadow should be, and then interpret the curvature of the ground from the shape of the shadow.

Always a snappy dresser, Debi was wearing a big wool sweater, the kind that seems to say “Yah sure, its cold, but at least I get to wear this fuzzy sweater, ya know.” FYI: Though from Iowa, Debi can affect a truly impressive Minnesota accent.

We ended our walk strolling through the Eloise Butler Wildflower Sanctuary. It’s a nice little spot hidden in the park area. I drove past the sign for years, but only visited for the first time earlier this year. They have a cute little cabin for a visitor center and some nice little trails. But yesterday was the last day of the season, so you’ll have to wait until April (yeah, that’s six months away).

So let the season of fuzzy sweaters, cross country skiing, building snowmen and warming up by the fire while drinking hot cocoa with the little marshmallows in it begin!

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