A fall that leaves you breathless

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I love this image for one simple reason: I shot it after a two-minute stroll from my home in the Judean Mountains, just south of Jerusalem. In my classes, I teach my students how to elevate their level of awareness and increase their powers of observation. If you can’t see what’s in front of you with your eyes, you’ll never capture it with your camera.

Often we take for granted what’s right outside our front door, thinking we have to travel to the exotic Himalaya or a tropical island to see the grandeur of nature. Not so, if we learn how to see.

This shot also appeals to me because of the variety of color in the vines amid a swath of green, where a farmer planted a small vegetable patch. I timed my arrival to about an hour before sunset, when the low angle of the afternoon sun backlit the scene and added sparkle to an already rich display of color.

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