Autumn Light

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© Andrea Petersen
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For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light. Psalms 36:9

I wanted to capture...
Just the light of a sun ray.
Instead I caught the rapture
Of a lovely autumn day..
Bringing paradise
To my eyes!
Poetry by me, AJP

This morning I was experimenting on self- portraits in the attempts to catch the rays in honor of my sister's birthday tomorrow. I am happy at least that my efforts caught the sunlight and the warm autumn tones. Many leaves are on the ground now from a wind storm we had a few days ago.

(I did not notice that my head was framed inside the steering wheel of the tractor until afterward when looking at the picture...It was not planned beforehand. ) Sometimes what is not planned works best.

Thank you so much Ann Reece for the spotlight...It means a lot to me!

Thank you also Deborah Downes for your spotlight...It is so appreciated!

* Two days after I captured this self portrait my beloved mother broke her femur bone as a result of a fall...God took her to her final home on October 26th at the age of 102...When we saw her in the hospital on the 14th, she asked me why she could not go home...she was confused about what happened because of having dementia in the last year of her life...when it was determined for her to go to the rest home in 2010. When I see this picture I think of my mother and how she is now living in peace with the Lord in paradise.

Thank you JPG for spotlighting this picture and for the honor of story of week 8 in 2011...Thank you all for the wonderful comments and votes that got me there!

Thank you JPG staff also for the wonderful honor of member of the week 12/12/2016 and for featuring this photo on JPG Live Stories and on the email newsletters...I am delighted and at the same time humbled for the acknowledgment! I have shot many pictures, but Autumn Light has always been my favorite portrait that I have ever done in my life time. It was like seeing heaven on earth as the light was so brilliant I had to close my eyes when I faced the rays.

In the Early Morning Light Series photo essay.

69 responses

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    Very lovely photo!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    If that steering wheel were illuminated, we would claim that your were a real angel!! ☺ This is gorgeous golden light!

  • Alwyn Scott Turner

    Alwyn Scott Turner gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    Wonderful backlit image with feeling and motion...sensitive to the light.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    Oh my goodness.....this is a heavenly shot!! Absolutely superb!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Oct 2011):

    Thank you all for your kind words. It is fun to get outside in that kind of light and
    work with it.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    I love the rim lighting!!! The flare is awesome. Beautiful work and happy Birthday to your sister.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (10 Oct 2011):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    The autumn sun seems to have a magic all its own.. this shot really proves it.. it's glorious!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    this is so magical! she will love it.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    BEAUTIFUL photo, I love the golden tones and the rim lighting. With your head framed in the tractor wheel definitely was a happy accident, it is your halo : ). Happy Birthday to your sister!

  • Dorothy Burwell

    Dorothy Burwell   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Awesome! light is fabulous....

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    A delightful picture.................

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    love this series Andrea.can't beat the light of a new day.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Irresistible. Captivating. Glorious. Uplifting.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    What a magnificant, glittering photo, Andrea! The tractor steering wheel does resemble a halo. This photo is filled with so much life and joy, as well as the brilliant autumn colors. One of your very best portraits, Andrea!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (11 Oct 2011):

    Andrea this is GLORIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    S U B L I M E n t r y !

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    this is Outstanding sp, Andrea!

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Amazing work.. I am spellbound

  • Tyler Myers

    Tyler Myers gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Love this!

  • Silvia mazzuca

    Silvia mazzuca said (13 Oct 2011):

    Man and Nature. Essential element of Life!Great Photo, very communicative.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 Oct 2011):

    So beautiful, Andrea, excellent entry

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (13 Oct 2011):

    I am touched by the response I have received from this portrait. You don't know
    how much it means to me ...Thank you all so much for your kind words.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Wow! Glorious light and rich fall tones. A major fav, my friend, and a wonderful addition to your morning light series.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Fantastic shot with beautiful light, lady, trees and tractor!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (16 Oct 2011):

    This is so beautiful! THe composition and light are just perfect!

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    Lovely. A magic moment magically captured.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    Very artistic capture, Andrea! The light and golden tones are stunning!

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    This is beyond amazing. I can't stop looking at it. Beautiful work!!!

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    SO beautiful. The colors and light are magnificent.

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2012):

    How very lovely!!!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    So incredibly warm and welcoming, Andrea. Great series!

  • Photo By Lorne

    Photo By Lorne gave props (20 Feb 2012):


  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (21 Feb 2012):

    Absolutely beautiful in every way possible! A fantastic series!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (21 Feb 2012):

    Such compassion for an old tractor! Seriously though, lovely shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Aiden Mahoney

    Aiden Mahoney gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    Lovely Shot

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    Stunningly beautiful and congratulations on making Story of the Week you deserve it my friend!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    One of the most beautiful images I have ever seen!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (24 Feb 2012):

    Absolutely gorgeous, a super fave

  • mohammed

    mohammed said (18 Apr 2012):

    magical photo

  • afzali afzali

    afzali afzali gave props (15 Jul 2012):

    light and colors are very beautiful tractor no.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (15 Jul 2012):

    Thank you for your comments and your opinions... Afzali, I agree, perhaps it would have been better if the tractor had not been in the photograph....However, that is where the rays of the sun happened to be directing its beautiful light and I could not move the sun nor the tractor out of that circumference of light...Sometimes we don't always have any other alternative but to either shoot the picture while the opportunity strikes or walk away from it....I chose to capture it before the sun rays of light disappeared...I am thankful that I did.

  • Larry Owens

    Larry Owens gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    luv it

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (21 Aug 2013):

    Another great one

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (15 Jun 2015):

    This is absolutely stunning, Andrea ! I love the over all golden glow .... truly magical ! VOTED !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (15 Jun 2015):

    Thank you Barbara..It was magical lighting and I am just fortunate that I caught it as I remember
    that I was on my way to the house when I turned around and it was like seeing paradise with
    the brilliancy of the golden light...It was so bright I had to close my eyes while I stood there!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (15 Jun 2015):

    a wonderful theme image! voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Jun 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Jun 2015):

    I love the golden colors in this awesome self portrait, I think that the tractor looks ok, it is a part of your property and it looks natural to be there. Voted!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Jun 2015):


  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (23 Jun 2015):

    great colors, my vote

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (26 Jun 2015):

    Gorgeous light! (voted)

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (28 Jun 2015):

    Stunning celebration of autumn, voted

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (28 Jun 2015):

    The light is so heavenly Andrea!! Voted!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Jul 2015):

    Beautiful and uplifting! Voted!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (2 Jul 2015):

    Very creative! Well done. Got my vote.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (27 Aug 2015):

    FAB-U-LOUS!!!!!!! Yes, the light and beauty in this is so ethereal, not sure how I missed this one, and congrats to you as well!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (27 Aug 2015):

    I love the light!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (27 Aug 2015):

    Congrats, by the way!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (5 Sep 2015):

    Congratulations on being one of the top voted winners in the Paradise theme for this fantastic image!!

  • andrew dutton

    andrew dutton (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2016):

    Love the colors, light, composition, everything about this shot!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (21 Jun 2016):

    It warms my heart to see that I still get comment for this portrait! It is one of my favorites too..
    Thank you all for your kind words..

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (13 Dec 2016):

    Congratulations..well deserved!

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (15 Dec 2016):

    CONGRATULATIONS Andrea for your nomination ! Brilliant capture

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Dec 2016):

    Congrats on making Member of the Week!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (18 Dec 2016):

    Thank you very much for your congratulations ...It was wonderful to receive this honor before
    Christmas and I couldn't have received a better gift.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag said (18 Dec 2016):

    Congratulations my dear friend! Well deserved one! So happy for you! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

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