I woke groggily at my campsite at Governor Dodge State Park on a crisp 35° F autumn day. It was still dark out and as I stepped outside my tent was the chill was apparent quickly. I made coffee in my mid-century "camping" percolator to help me wake up and warm my chilled self. I brought the coffee and a snack to my first location that I scouted the day before hoping the weather and light would cooperate. The morning was still from a wind perspective and the very beginning of dawn was starting to break as I set up for my first shot. Since Governor Dodge State Park is quite hilly, I went to a higher spot first to capture the breaking of dawn rolling over the hills.
|Dawn Breaking on the Hills of Governor Dodge|
After working quickly, I made my way to Twin Valley Hollow Lake. I was pleasantly surprised by the light fog and mist as well as the geese that were out on the lake. The water on the lake was quite still even with the activity of the geese. It made the water move just a little to make the ripples interesting but not distract from the very striking reflection of the fall peak I came to photograph.
|Twin Valley Lake Sunrise and Fog|
|Twin Valley Lake at Sunrise|