CALL OF THE COLORS: Your 2013 winners

Spectacular shots captured despite a short fall season

For nearly 20 years, we have asked area photographers to capture the most colorful of our region’s four seasons — fall.

This year, though, it may have been a tougher task than in the past. Summer’s drought and a windy, rainy, cold October meant that the leaves turned early and fell quickly.

They may have had to act fast, but Eastern Iowa photographers didn’t disappoint. They submitted stunning panoramas and delightful details.

This year’s winners showcase both styles.

The top honoree is Curt Moore of Cedar Rapids for his “A Pumpkin Tale.” Photographed Oct. 8 at Backbone State Park, it is an extreme close-up of a pumpkin stem shot with a Panasonic GX1, Panasonic 45 mm lens at a f/2.8 exposure.

Our photo staff was struck by “the composition and the curve of the stem,” which “combined with the strong orange color of the pumpkin was very visually appealing and had a nice fall feel.”

Presented here is Moore’s photo, as well as the other four that were judged as the best by members of the photography staff.

Last year’s winner, Michael Stark of Marion, took “Palisades Park” on a trail at Palisades-Kepler State Park west of Mount Vernon. Gary Hamer of Robins took his winning photo at another state park — Maquoketa Caves. David Beck of Elkader found beauty in a simple maple leaf, and all Joe Sheller had to do was step into the front yard of his Cedar Rapids home to take a photograph of a young Hawthorne tree in the late afternoon sunshine Oct. 27.

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