Cranberry Glades, West Virginia ------   

If you walk on a trail through a bog in the fall, like the Cranberry Glades in West Virginia, the peak season for flower and plant photography is already over. The Glades resemble an arctic tundra that seems to be misplaced in the southern mountains. Many rare plants, critters, and birds can be found here that are usually common to the bogs in the far north. This is a botanical paradise but so late in the season you may have to look for other things. With open eyes for the light on the landscape pictures can still be made. This fir, standing exposed in the bog, became my subject when a shaft of light broke through the clouds. The remains of woolgrass put little white dots into the grass and the bare trees in the background tell more about how close this 3,400 feet high location was to winter already in October.