The group of photographers I’ve enjoyed working with recently had the challenge theme of “jigsaw puzzles.” These are a few I shared that I think would make dandy ones, though I also like them as one-piece photographs.
This is one of my favorites, and that was before I even thought of it being a jigsaw puzzle. These swirls of colors are courtesy of a small stream north of here where, on a perfect Fall day, if the water is just right, and the sun is shining, the sky is blue with big white clouds, and the mix of tall hardwoods on the opposite bank is at peak, then the whole thing gets mixed and reflected with a bit of magic in the water. It is a “puzzle” that is constantly changing as the current changes or the wind blows or the sun comes and goes. For the hour or two I was there, standing in deliciously cold water, I made over four hundred images, many of them as stunning as this. I was more lost in the magic of these reflections than I have ever been putting together any jigsaw puzzle.
The image at the top (and below) is one of many that Vermont delivers during Fall Foliage season, as we call it, and the confusion of colors is just a delight. I often just drive the small back roads, gawking at the colors and stopping where I want. Getting lost is not a problem—I know I will and also know there will be no phone service in many places to help me with my phone map. Who cares! Getting home is not too hard as long as I’m willing to get lost again once or twice. Typically I just follow Rob’s Rule: when I have a choice, go downhill and eventually I will reach a river and the road will follow the river to a bigger river and road…at least most of the time. But when I am looking for photographs for the perfect jigsaw puzzle, or just driving around enjoying life, it really doesn’t matter if I know where I am, where I’m going, or when I’ll get home.
I hope you enjoy seeing some puzzles in life today and maybe having a go at solving them.