Finding Local Inspiration: Fall on a Farm

Fall has officially started on the east coast of the United States! Temperatures have finally mellowed, pumpkin spiced everything is available for sale, and the trees are starting to show their fall colors. So last weekend I headed out into rural Virginia to get a few images in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

One thing I often hear from new photographers is that they don't have anything to photograph, and they can only travel once or twice a year. That sentiment represents a lack of creativity! There are photographs to be found everywhere you look. So today I'm sharing over a dozen images that were all taken within a 300 foot radius of a farm house in rural Virginia - all made on the same day (although taken at different times to reflect changing sun conditions).

You don't need need to travel to exotic locations to make some photographs, and I challenge you to find some local inspiration in your back yard!

 A white picket fence surrounding the property lines. 

A white picket fence surrounding the property lines. 

 Playing with reflections and silhouettes in the window. That's actually my mom sitting at the kitchen table.

Playing with reflections and silhouettes in the window. That's actually my mom sitting at the kitchen table.

 A shed sitting along the edge of the property.

A shed sitting along the edge of the property.

 A pile of fresh leaves on the lawn

A pile of fresh leaves on the lawn

 Two ladders leaning up on the side of the workshop

Two ladders leaning up on the side of the workshop

 Peeling paint on the side of the shed

Peeling paint on the side of the shed

 Playing with the high contrast late afternoon shadows on the leaves

Playing with the high contrast late afternoon shadows on the leaves

 The view from the back of the property

The view from the back of the property

 Looking over the fence toward the neighbor's farm

Looking over the fence toward the neighbor's farm

 The tree in the front yard

The tree in the front yard

 A workshop with an old horse-drawn carriage in the back

A workshop with an old horse-drawn carriage in the back

 A pile of leaves on a table in the yard

A pile of leaves on a table in the yard