Fire and Ice Photography: Month Poem -- October

October was the first month to so move me that I wrote a poem.  More than the other months, it was one that seemed to evolve over the years.  That first image, seen in 1972, seemed too elusive to capture in a photo.  A poem was inspired, and then even that changed.  In 1984, my wife Susan and our two small children were picking apples in an abandoned orchard, up in the hills west of Alanson.  As always, I took photos.  One picture was particularly striking.  The fall colors had peaked, but in the center of the frame was a dead apple tree with no leaves.  The contrast was striking.  I had it developed and gave a copy to my neighbor.  Later, on a visit, I asked him how he liked it.  He said, "I like it, but so far, I've counted 17."  "What are you talking about", I asked.  Faces", he said.  He then began to show me what he was talking about.  There is a phenomenon called pareidolia where some people tend to see faces in objects or pictures.  The famous "ink blot" or Rorscharch test was developed based on this tendency.  After seeing what my neighbor was talking about, I wrote the poem on this card.  But then, couldn't fit the poem with the photo.  In 2012, I was again up in the hills, this time west of Brutus early in the morning.  A heavy mist was starting to dissipate with the rising sun.  In the valley below it started to drift in wide streaks just above the trees in their peak color.  At last, I had the right image for the poem.
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