A beautiful, sunny, cool October morning was the catalyst for taking a short walk at Huntley Meadows Park in suburban Alexandria, Virginia. Huntley is one of those hidden gems. It has winding trails, woods, and wetlands, in a compact location in the middle of suburban Alexandria (the Fairfax County part), Virginia. Fall migration is still in full swing, so this may be a good opportunity to get some decent pictures of our avian friends.
I made it to the open area, the marshy area that presaged the wetlands. The birds were certainly singing. I wanted to go further down the boardwalk, to the place where the belted kingfishers dwelt, but I stopped. For forty five minutes or so I only walked an additional twenty five yards or so. The culprit?
A heavy, morning mist, with the sun streaming down, on a small part of Huntley Meadows. You can literally see the sunbeams, white mist, and a hint of color. It looked interesting and bland at the same time. If only there was a little bit more color on that scene. Well, there was! A little bit. The dehaze feature of Adobe Camera Raw can do some interesting things. And though the dehazed image was initially dull, one could see a hint of color in the image. A delicate restoration of color information may result in an interesting picture. After working with the contrast, sharpness, saturation and vibrance sliders, the following pictures came out.
And as a bonus, a stalk blowing in the wind.
The pictures came out with an “impressionistic” look. Restating the title of this post, I came for the birds, but the light was right.