Urban Awe in the Fall - Salem, Oregon - USA
One of the best places to see Fall color in the state of Oregon is actually in it's Capital city of Salem, with beautifully preserved, new and old stretches of nature throughout the city. This scene is on the edge of downtown. This beautiful, old, stone, mossy bridge, found in various places throughout the city, was an instant favorite of mine upon arriving to Salem,
but I hadn't photographed it yet.
Riding past this scene (High Street/pringle creek), I was looking forward and up, enjoying the colorful tree canopy. I said, "aww man, shoulda came through here before the leaves all fell". Then spontaneously decided "it's still a nice scene, let's stop the car".
Choosing to be present to the beauty around me, I then noticed these incredible, huge piles of fallen leaves, and how well they played together with this bridge that I've been wanting to capture. I had gone from "aww man, wish I came through at a different time", to awe, joy and gratitude for this exact experience of beauty in the present moment.