Going Going Gone

Before the month vanishes, I thought I would round up a few pictures for the challenge from my October rides. Many look almost the same – a forest path disappearing in the distant trees, but that’s where I ride most often – when I ride. Due to a pesty infection I have been off my bike quite a few days this month, and lacking in oom-pah-pah altogether. But I have my energy back now and here are my pictures. They are chronological and all taken on different days. You can see how autumn’s colors are gradually taking over.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

16 response to "Going Going Gone"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: October 26, 2020

    What delightful photos – I cannot pick a favourite. I’m sorry to hear you are dealing with another pesky infection and hope you can get the right meds to vanquish it soon. I hope the oom-pah-pah returns soon, too. I think most people are feeling a bit lacking in oom-pah-pah at this point in 2020 – it has been a bit of a relentless year.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: October 26, 2020

    Thanks, Em! I guess you’re right, I’m not the only one dragging their heels at this point.
    Hope you are getting a break from too much work and too little energy.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: October 26, 2020

    ALL photos are (of course) beautiful, but that first one speaks volumes to me. Something about water that draws me to it and is so soothing (most of the time).

    I am relieved to learn that you are feeling better and ready to be back to your normal biking self. In the category of dragging one’s feet β€” I have my ups and downs with low mood and low energy, to say nothing about worry ?. We just carry on I guess. Having this site and a couple of others, keeps me going a bit more than I might without it. Thanks for your posts, your photos and yourself.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: October 26, 2020

    Thank you, Nancy! I think the first one might be my favorite , too. I was trying a long exposure technique to get the flowing water smooth and silky looking.
    Yes, good that we have our bikes and bicycling friends and groups,isn’t it.

  5. By: BobinVT Posted: October 26, 2020

    As others have said, they are all great photos. I really like the last one. Something about that dirt road winding off into the distance is very appealing. Perhaps that’s the path out of 2020?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: October 26, 2020

      Thanks, Bob! Let’s hope the path out of 2020 takes us to a better place! By the way, in the distance just peaking over the edge of the nearer hills are the Alps. However, Austria and Italy are not better places at the moment.

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 26, 2020

    Lovely images, as always. In the long exposure shot on the flowing water, did you use a tripod?

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: October 26, 2020

    Thanks, Bill! I used a tripod and the exposure was a half a second, so the moving water was blurred and the rest sharp. Too long for a sharp hand held shot. I often have a tripod with me but am too lazy to get it out. But especially in low light situations like in the woods, it makes a big difference.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: October 26, 2020

      I use my little Joby “gorillapod” for some shots, mostly to get those stunningly gorgeous (????) images of me in action. But more and more I realize I’m a little shaky, which is especially noticeable with telephoto shots. For some rides I might need to consider carrying a real, full-size tripod in order to get steadier snaps. Any recommendations before I wade into a tsunami of conflicting opinions at Amazon?

      • By: Suzanne Posted: October 27, 2020

        I also use a Gorillapod which is often good enough, but only if I am using my lighter camera setup. Choosing a better tripod, first thing I discovered was that a decent tripod isn’t cheap, cheap being a relative term. Here is a link with what I think is pretty good advice. https://expertvagabond.com/best-travel-tripods/ I have a Velbon Ultra Rex with a Sirui head.

  8. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 26, 2020

    Ill just reiterate what everyone else has said — excellent photos each and every one.
    Of course, my favorite is the harvested cornfield. πŸ˜‰

  9. By: gregblood Posted: October 26, 2020

    Is it too early for me to name “Greg’s Favorite Suzanne Photo for the Month of October?” I picked one, but the month still has a week left and you have some new oom pah pah. Should I wait?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: October 26, 2020

      Yes, wait! I’ll have some new pictures from the last days of the month, and maybe a different choice for the monthly collection. These were chosen for converging lines, but I have others.

  10. By: Laura Posted: October 26, 2020

    You rode more with your pesty infection than I did feeling dandy. When I taught school, we referred to head lice as a pesty infection. I’m going to assume that was not your problem. πŸ™‚ Lovely work. With my card uploading issues, I haven’t taken many pictures lately. Must get that figured out soon.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: October 27, 2020

      No, not lice! LOL But they might be easier to get rid of than my UTI. Hope you get your card uploading issue taken care of, that must be very frustrating!

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