Changing of the Leaves...

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a tree with red leaves, then one with yellow and a green top!

So I've only been here for a month and a half... and one week I was in Boston and the other I was in Vegas... so technically a month.  But I noticed something everytime I walk around or do something... I wish I would have understood a small town when I was in college.  See I was a photography major in College and I had the hardest times finding things to document... so I ended up driving to New York City from Western PA 5 times a semester to do my documentary on the Subway system... I ended up spending about $4000USD in one semester on the one class with the gas, and 80 rolls of high speed film, and the paper for developing, food on the road, etc and I only made about $10,000USD a year at that time.  So needless to say I was broke...

But since I moved to Altoona there's been so much that I could photograph in this town.

the red of the trees match the red of the shutters of the house... i wonder if they planned it that way?
.. it has a lot of character!  One is the fact that when I was driving to the airport to go to Vegas there was a Ox roast on 9-11... then there was a Pumpkin Festival (sadly I was working that day)... the locals who go to the restaurants like Texas Hot Dogs (http://www.travbuddy.com/Texas-Hot-Dogs-v280228) and then if I was to do the documentary on what people did I could have joined people for Potato Fest (http://www.travbuddy.com/Potato-Fest-v280204) in Ebensburg (about 15 minutes away)...

One thing I've been doing since I moved here is I walk to the post office or just around town.  There's a lot of cool buildings (and I"m still waiting to see a train pass by on the tracks---but I always forget until I hear them at noon.

Looking up...
.. and then I never see them any other time).  But the town is cute... there's a couple roads that slant up on a hill and the buildings are all older and they sort of tell a story when you look at them!  Everytime I go out I try to push myself to keep a keen eye out so I don't miss something new that I haven't seen before. 

But this blog is about the changing of the leaves... as I was walking I had my camera with me and I started noticing the most beautiful, bright and vivid colors that I've never seen before on leaves changing for the season.  They were never like this in Minneapolis, or Pittsburgh or Erie, PA... but Central PA has the leaf colors that I'd imagine in New England...driving on a Sunday just taking in your surroundings.  I was totally awestruck by these colors and amazed at how 2 trees were next to each other and one had bright red leaves while the other had yellow leaves.

.. it made for a very nice photograph!  I was also amazed how one tree could have so many colors at one time!

Central PA has the most beautiful changing of the leaves... As you go through you can really be left breathless.  This weekend was actually the Flaming Folliage Festival in Renovo, PA... I was supposed to go up but I couldn't make it... so as I was walking to the post office I started taking some photo's of interesting leaves and the colors!

Next I'm going to put the winter photo's up once it starts snowing... my friend out here was describing to me what the trees will look like and I just kept saying to myself... I want my SLR... I want my SLR camera!  But I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them!!!

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a tree with red leaves, then one w…
a tree with red leaves, then one …
the red of the trees match the red…
the red of the trees match the re…
Looking up...
Looking up...
Bright red with some Yellow... Ohh…
Bright red with some Yellow... Oh…
red and yellow top and green bottom
red and yellow top and green bottom
this tree doesnt know whats goin…
this tree doesn't know what's goi…
Christmas bush?  I didnt know bus…
Christmas bush? I didn't know bu…
simple yet beautiful
simple yet beautiful
a little bit of everything
a little bit of everything
Hmmm... lets see... I see yellow,…
Hmmm... let's see... I see yellow…
I like the hand... its interesting
I like the hand... it's interesting
looking outside my window
looking outside my window
looking outside the other way
looking outside the other way
view from work
view from work
sun set
sun set
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