“True friends are always together in spirit.”
― L.M. Montgomery
Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love welcoming the cooler temperatures, watching nature put on a colorful show of change, and delighting in the display of leaves dancing in the wind.
Living near the border of the Carolinas, I can enjoy the colorful changes fall brings, both in my neighborhood and the surrounding areas where I can travel for a day trip. During the past fifteen years of photographing, I have spent many hours chasing fall colors with my camera.
For at least the last decade, my great friend, Chris Almerini, shared many fall adventures with me, hoping to capture some of the magic of autumn with our cameras.
Chris lost a very short but courageous battle with cancer in January of this year.
While we had many adventures photographing during all seasons of the year, I seem to associate him the most with photographing in the fall. This association might be because I have fond memories of photographing together all along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at South Mountains State Park, and at Gibbs Gardens. I was able to revisit these amazing memories as I spent time at these locations this fall.
Chris’ trademark red jackets are another reason I feel his presence so much in autumn.
This year, while photographing, I enjoyed remembering our past adventures and being so thankful for experiencing such an incredible friendship.
My friend, Chris, influenced my fall photography this year.
Chris influenced my fall photography this year. He influenced and continues to influence who I am as a photographer. Most importantly, Chris taught me what being a true, supportive friend means.
In this season of Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for true friendship.
I am thankful for Chris Almerini.
Wishing you all a joyous fall, spending time with those whom you are thankful!